Life is not getting any easier at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. On Friday, a 7.1 earthquake rocked the plant, and at 5.16 pm this afternoon Japan time [8.16 am GMT] another powerful magnitude 6.6 quake struck less than 100 km to the southeast. The quake disrupted operations for about an hour and left the damaged reactors without cooling water for almost an hour, according to Kyodo News. It serves as a reminder that the situation at the site itself remains very fragile indeed.
Meanwhile, the government has announced further evacuations around the plant. This afternoon Japan Time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano unveiled planned evacuations from regions where radiation exposure rates were above 20 millisieverts per year, a level set by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the International Commission on Radiation Protection.
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