A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 jolted Fukushima Prefecture in Japan and its vicinity early in the Sunday morning, leaving seven people injured, while no tsunami warning was issued.
The Japan Meteorological Agency pointed out that the magnitude the earthquake struck at 3:54 off the coast of Fukushima, a region struck by the March 11 massive quake and tsunami. The epicenter was 35 miles (57 kilometers) below the sea surface.
Although the earthquake struck in the same area, yet Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. says the temblor caused no further damage to its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which was crippled by the March 11 disaster.
The earthquake of March had left about more than 20,000 people dead or missing across Japan’s northeast coast and forced more than 80,000 persons to evacuate their homes owing to the radiation threat which emanated from the nuclear power complex.
A report confirms that the focus of the quake, which is believed to be an aftershock of the March 11 killer quake, was off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of about 57 kilometers. An official of a news agency told a press conference, adding, “Aftershock activity still continues, with magnitude 4-level aftershocks occurring almost every day. Concerns over magnitude 6 to 7-level aftershock occurrences still remain.