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Japanese nuke plants provide non-stop power during biggest earthquake since Fukushima

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Though a powerful earthquake derailed the Tohoku-Shinkasen bullet train and downed power lines, at Tokai Nuclear Power Plant, 60 miles down the coast from Fukushima-Daiichi, it was business as usual.

TOKYO - A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit off northeastern Japan late Wednesday, with a small tsunami observed on the Pacific coast of the region.

The earthquake hit at 11:36 p.m., registering an upper 6 on Japan's seismic intensity scale of 7 in parts of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, according to the agency. It occurred in waters off Fukushima at a depth of about 60 kilometers.

A tsunami warning of up to 1 meter was issued to coastal areas in the two prefectures, with residents urged to stay away from the coast. A 20-centimeter tsunami later reached Ishinomaki port in Miyagi, according to the agency.


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