quake hits Fukushima Prefecture
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.9 struck Fukushima
Prefecture and surrounding areas of northeastern Japan late Friday,
but there is no threat of a tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency
The 11:56 p.m. temblor occurred off the Fukushima coast at a
depth of around 50 kilometers.
The quake registered a lower 5 on the Japanese seismic scale of
1 to 7 in parts of Fukushima Prefecture.
No abnormalities were observed at two nuclear power plants --
the crippled Fukushima Daiichi and idled Fukushima Daini -- and the
Onagawa nuclear power plant in neighboring Miyagi Prefecture,
according to their operators. (Oct. 7)