Two powerful earthquakes hit Fukushima

Two earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.3 and 6.4 has been reported off the coast of Fukushima, Japan, triggering a tsunami advisory from Japanese officials.

The advisory warns that a tsunami with heights reaching 1 metre above normal tide levels is now likely.

Tokyo Electric Power also says that nearly 2.1 million households have been left without power after the earthquakes.

Fukushima was also the area where a 2011 earthquake caused a devastating nuclear accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma.

The 2011 quake, which had a magnitude of 9, caused a meltdown of three nuclear reactors inside the plant, resulting in substantial amounts of radioactive material being released.

It was the largest nuclear incident recorded since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and clean-up is still ongoing due to water being contaminated.

Several power stations have reportedly shut down following today’s earthquakes, including the Fukushima Natural Gas Power Plant.

A high-speed train carrying nearly 100 people was derailed, but there are no reported injuries.

Many people have been taken to hospital in Fukushima’s Soma after the 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit.

There was a fire alarm activated at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, and but TEPCO have now confirmed that there is no fire.

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