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A strong earthquake shook Fukushima on Wednesday night (local time). Japan’s meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures. It was not initially known whether there was damage to the Fukushima nuclear ruins. The long-lasting magnitude 7.3 tremor struck just before midnight (local time), almost eleven years after the Northeast Asian archipelago region was devastated by a devastating magnitude 9 earthquake and triggered a huge tsunami. Wednesday’s earthquake was also felt in Tokyo, some 300 kilometers away.

The meteorological agency warned of a tidal wave up to a meter high. Blackouts occurred in Fukushima, local media reported. The Tokyo government established an emergency staff. The strong earthquake in the northeast suddenly brought back memories of the devastating catastrophe eleven years ago. On March 11, 2011, a gigantic tsunami hit the Pacific coast and swept away everything: towns, villages and large areas of cultivation sank under the masses of water and mud.

The flood killed about 20,000 people. In Fukushima, there was a super meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It became the symbol of the triple catastrophe known as “3/11” throughout the world, even if none of the deaths are attributed to radiation. Operator Tepco is checking whether the new strong earthquake caused any irregularities, it said on Thursday night. Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. (dpa)


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