Tepco has confirmed that there was no damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant following a 7.3 earthquake ans subsequent small tsunami off the Japanese coast.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the same area in 2011, killing about 19,000 people and devastating the power plant.
A spokesperson for the Fukushima plant reported no damage or abnormalities in radiation readings had been found, and the national Fire and Disaster Management Agency said only one minor injury was reported.
Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors remain offline as the government decides whether they meet more stringent requirement enacted after the 2011 quake, which triggered multiple meltdowns and massive radiation leaks at the Fukushima plant about 160 miles northeast of Tokyo.
A string of mishaps this year at the Fukushima plant has raised international concerns about the Tepco’s ability to tackle the continuing crisis.
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shinichi Tanaka has scheduled a meeting with Tepco’s president to seek solutions to what he says appear to be fundamental problems.
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