6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Northeastern Japan, No Tsunami risk

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TOKYO, Japan – Early Tuesday, northeastern Japan was struck by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake, according to the weather agency. There was no issuance of a tsunami warning.

The earthquake, which occurred at 4:24 a.m., registered a lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in several areas. These included Hachinohe and Misawa in Aomori Prefecture, and Miyako and Kuji in Iwate Prefecture, as reported by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The quake also registered a 4 in numerous other areas within these two prefectures, such as Higashidori, Morioka, and Hanamaki, as well as Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located in northern Iwate Prefecture, with a depth of approximately 71 kilometers. The agency initially reported a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 with a depth of 80 km.

Following the earthquake, no irregularities were found at the Onagawa or Higashidori nuclear power plants, situated in Miyagi and Aomori prefectures respectively. The operator, Tohoku Electric Power Co., confirmed that the plants were not operational at the time of the quake.

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. also confirmed that the earthquake did not impact the functioning of its reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture.

Local firefighters reported that a woman in her 70s in Hachinohe sustained an injury to her left wrist after falling out of bed due to the quake.

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