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More Japan Earthquakes, Fukushima Fire, Nuclear Crisis Level Raised

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Japan Earthquakes

Two more sizeable earthquakes have struck Japan in the last 2 days. An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hit Japan on Tuesday morning (Japan time), after yet another 6.6 quake shook the northeastern part of Japan on Monday evening.

The Tuesday quake hit around 8:08am and according to the U.S. Geological Survey had a depth of 13 kilometers (8 miles) and was centered about 77 kilometers (47 miles) southeast of Tokyo. The 6.6 quake on Monday hit a month after the devastating 9.0 quake and following tsunami.

Japan has experience hundreds of aftershocks since the 9.0 earthquake on March 11.

Fukushima Fire and Crisis Level

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co) has said a fire broke out at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Tuesday (Japan Time), although smoke and flames from the plant were no longer visible.

A nuclear plant worker witnessed the fire near the number 4 reactor early on Tuesday morning, and a fire fighting unit from the Self Defense Forces was dispatched.

The Japanese government’s nuclear safety agency has also decided to raise the crisis level of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant from 5 to 7, the worst on the international scale.

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