Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes Japan


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A magnitude-6.6 earthquake hit Japan about 35 miles from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s stricken nuclear power plant, shaking buildings in the capital city and causing fires to break out in the northeast of the country.

The quake struck at 5:16 p.m. local time 38 kilometers (24 miles) west of Iwaki and 163 kilometers from Tokyo at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS revised the magnitude down from 7.1, while the Japan Meteorological Agency lowered its rating to 7.0 from 7.1.

The aftershock struck exactly one month after a magnitude-9 temblor and tsunami left 27,493 dead or missing and knocked out power at Tokyo Electric’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, causing radiation to leak. National broadcaster NHK showed footage of fishing boats heading out to sea to avoid a tsunami, and reported one person died in Ibaraki from the latest quake.

A warning for a tsunami as high as 2 meters (6.6 feet) to hit parts of the eastern coast of Honshu was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency, and later lifted.

The temblor registered as high as minus-6, the third- highest level on the Japanese scale of seismic intensity, in parts of Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures, the agency said.

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