Two Earthquakes Hit Fukushima, Japan in One Hour

Japan's Fukushima Prefecture was hit by a massive tsunami in March 2011, but Wednesday's quakes were far less severe, according to reports.
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Two Earthquakes Hit Fukushima, Japan in One Hour|Photo by The Weather Channel

After being hit with a devastating tsunami in March 2011, Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture was hit with two earthquakes within one hour Wednesday.

No serious injuries were reported.

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     The Japan Meteorological Agency says the first earthquake struck at 9:45 p.m. JST (8:45 a.m. EDT in the U.S.) and registered a magnitude of 5.0. The second quake, a slightly stronger magnitude-5.2 tremor, struck 46 minutes later.

     Both were centered just off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, where the Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushimi Daini reactors were severely damaged in the March 11, 2011 tsunami that followed a magnitude-9.0 quake farther offshore. The damage spawned the worst crisis at a nuclear power plant since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, and prompted Japan to shut down most of its nuclear power plants.

     Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has been working to contain radioactive materials in the years since. TEPCO said there were no new abnormalities caused by Wednesday’s quakes, nor any changes to radioactivity levels at the monitoring post there, according to public broadcaster NHK.

For more on Japan’s current earthquake updates, visit the Japan Meteorological Agency at