Two quakes hit Japan with no major damages


Two earthquakes hit Japan Thursday – a 6.0-magnitude earthquake near the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and a 6.1-magnitude quake in the northern island of Hokkaido, the Associated Press reported.

About 3,9000 homes in Erimo and Samani, towns in the northern island of Hakkaido, experienced power outages for an hour, according to the report. Neither quakes caused any apparent damage or fatalities. 

The US Geological Survey said the northern quake struck  465 miles (750 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo and 19 miles (30 kilometers) below the sea surface. The other quake struck at at a depth of 23 miles (37 kilometers) and 62 miles (101 kilometers) east of the nuclear power plant.

Fukushima Dai-ichi suffered a partial nuclear meltdown from the March 9.0-magnitude earthquake that ravaged much of Japan’s northeastern region. The recent earthquake reportedly did not affect the crippled nuclear pla

Journalists were recently permitted entrance to the power plant for the first time since the March earthquake and tsunami in an effort by the Japanese government to prove the plant has been stabilized.

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