Japan: Earthquake prompts Fukushima evacuation

| 07/04/2011

(BBC): Authorities in north-east Japan ordered a general evacuation and workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant took shelter after an earthquake triggered a new tsunami warning. However, the tsunami warning was lifted after 90 minutes and the earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.1, did little obvious damage. Fukushima officials said the quake had no detectable effect at the plant. Last month’s 9.0 earthquake set off a tsunami which devastated the region. The earthquake, at a depth of 32 miles, struck off Japan’s north-east coast, close to the epicentre of the 11 March quake.

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