Japan Earthquake Of 6.3 Magnitude Rocks Eastern Region Near Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck off the east coast of Japan — near the scene of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  There are fears the quake could spark a dangerous tidal event or even a tsunami on the scale of that which levelled the nuclear power site in 2011.Reiko Miura

The quake struck 180 miles east of Iwaki, Honshu, at a depth of 48 miles, monitors at the US Geological Survey said.  It comes just two weeks after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck six miles deep off the same coast — in the volatile region known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Huge amounts of radioactive material were exposed when the Fukushima nuclear plant was destroyed in a magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 11 March 2011.

Nearly 16,000 people died across Japan as a direct result of the Tohoku quake.

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