07 Apr '11, 5pm

Japan disaster zone hit by new powerful quake

Japan disaster zone hit by new powerful quake

TOKYO - A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake late on Thursday hit the same area of Japan that was ravaged by disaster a month ago, seismologists said, prompting a local tsunami alert that was later cancelled. Power was cut to parts of the northeast of the country, much of which is still struggling with the effects of the monster tsunami that roared ashore four weeks ago. The new quake caused a handful of injuries, national broadcaster NHK said, but there were no reported deaths. Workers battling to control the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on the northeast coast were temporarily ordered to evacuate, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said. The evacuation order came less than 24 hours after they began pumping nitrogen into reactor No. 1, where engineers were concerned a build-up of hydrogen react with oxygen to cause an explosion. A company spokesman ...

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