- The earthquake struck around 20 miles off the coast of Fukushima province
- Witnesses said they had felt a 10-second long shake during the tremor today
- No tsunami warning has been put in place by Japan’s meteorological agency
Japan was rattled by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Fukushima province today.
The quake struck just over 50 miles from the city of Fukushima where the nuclear disaster occurred in 2011.
Witnesses said they had felt a 10-second long shake during the tremor at around 7.30pm local time.
Energy company TEPCO, which runs four nuclear power plants in the prefecture, said it was awaiting further information about the earthquake’s impact.
In 2011, Fukushima was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when a 9.1-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami.
The wave flooded the nuclear power plant and caused a massive meltdown, spewing out radiation that forced 160,000 people to flee their homes.
Japan is located on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries.
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