6.8 quake hits Fukushima, tsunami warning issued — Cracks in ground and escaping steam had been reported “after two large earthquakes in the last few weeks”

Published: August 19th, 2011 at 10:03 am ET
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Strong earthquake hits north-eastern Japan, tsunami warning issued, DPA, August 19, 2011:

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake jolted north-eastern Japan on Friday and a tsunami warning was issued, the Meteorological Agency said.

The warning was issued for the coastal areas in the prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi. [...]

The quake occurred at 2:36 pm (0536GMT) with its epicenter off Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 20 kilometers, the agency said. [...]

See also: Report: Workers say ground under Fukushima plant is cracking and radioactive steam is coming up — Melted core may be moving out of building (VIDEO)

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Host: “Workers at Japan’s Fukushima plant say the ground underneath the facility is cracking and radioactive steam is escaping through the cracks” [...]

Dr. Robert Jacobs, Hiroshima Peace Institute: “It’s a very serious and alarming development because this started to happen specifically after two large earthquakes in the last few weeks, there was a 6.4 on the 31 of July 31 and a 6.0 on August 12″ [...]

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Published: August 19th, 2011 at 10:03 am ET
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