New earthquake of magnitude 6.4 occurred on Saturday in northern Japan in Fukushima Prefecture, where the two victims of Japanese nuclear power plant, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
New quake recorded at 22.15 local time (16.15 MSK) at a depth of 37 kilometers. The earthquake was located 84 kilometers south-east of Fukushima — administrative center of the prefecture and 217 kilometers northeast of Tokyo. Reuters originally reported that the magnitude of the quake was 6.0.
Timely information about the possible damage is not reported. Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 and above is considered strong and can cause considerable damage and casualties, seismologists say.
Of the 20-kilometer zone around the nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" evacuees.
One of the strongest earthquakes in recent years happened off the coast of Japan's Miyagi prefecture 373 km north-east of Tokyo. Magnitude of 8.9. The earthquake caused a great tsunami in parts of the height of the tidal wave was more than ten meters. More than 700 people were killed, nearly 1.13 thousand injured. Missing the 784.
The NPP "Fukushima-1" and "Fukushima-2", located 12 kilometers away from each other, after the earthquake was a regime of emergency because of has failed cooling system. According to the agency, to the reactor to "Fukushima-1" stopped receiving water needed for cooling. The water level has gone down, resulting in the reactor cores appeared above the surface. All night in the cooling of the reactor attempted to download large amounts of water to maintain its required level.
On the "Fukushima-1" was found radioactive cesium, it is assumed to experts, suggests that the melted fuel in the reactor core. Then, the experts managed to withdraw part of the gas accumulated in the reactor, resulting in a decreased blood pressure, and was eliminated the threat of destruction of the shell.
However, 15.36 local time (9.36 MSK) after a strong quake at the plant exploded. Agency Kyodo, citing the leadership of Tokyo Electric Power reported that one of the units destroyed roof. The radiation background at the boundary of damaged nuclear power plant began to rise, people recommended to close windows, turn off air-conditioners and not to leave their homes.
Four people who took part in the work at the station, were injured and sent to hospitals.
Accident at the plant as a result of the earthquake in Japan