JAPAN has been rocked by a strong 6.2 earthquake in the Fukushima Prefecture, the home to the nuclear power plant devastated in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
No tsunami warning has been issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicentre of the 7.23 pm (1023 GMT) earthquake was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture and measured at a depth of 50 km (30 miles), the agency said. There were no were immediate reports of damage. Witnesses took to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre website to record their experiences.
One said: “It started slowly and I heard the house creak and felt dizzy before I realised it was an earthquake. “Then I paid attention to the motion. It rolled for maybe 30 seconds and the room open doors trembled.” They said: “Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. “The predominant vulnerable building types are heavy wood frame and reinforced/confined masonry construction.”
Fukushima was rocked by a devastating 9.0 earthquake in 2011. A huge tsunami followed, barrelling inland with waves as high as 40 metres. Three nuclear reactors went into meltdown, with thousands of people permanently evacuated. More than 15,000 people died, thousands more were injured and billions of pounds worth of damage suffered.