Panic at Fukushima nuclear plant as system shut down by horror earthquake

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Slightly over a decade after the same region was devastated by a 9.0-quake, the Japan Meteorological Agency said a new tremor has hit Fukushima 60km (36 miles) below the sea off its coast. In March 2011, the shock sparked a tsunami that led to an accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant when the cooling systems failed. Today’s movement, registered at 11.36pm local time, plunged more than two million homes in Tokyo, around 150 miles away, into darkness and triggered a tsunami warning. There have not yet been any reports of casualties.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the government was in the process of understanding the extent of the quake’s implications.

He said: “We will commit ourselves to gathering information, do our best to rescue those affected by the (quake) and communicate information appropriately.”

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