Workers wearing protective suits and masks are seen next to
the No.4 reactor at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture in this March
6, 2013 file photograph. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files
The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant
said there was no damage or spike in radiation levels at the
station after a large earthquake struck in the ocean east of
Japan, triggering a small tsunami.
There were no immediate reports of damage on land from the
quake, classified as magnitude 7.1 by the Japan
Meteorological Agency, which struck about 370 km out to sea.
Earlier the agency said the quake had a magnitude of 6.8.
Japanese television said a 30 cm tsunami had reached Japan's
A spokesman at Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), operator of
Fukushima, said some workers had been ordered to evacuate to
higher ground after the quake, but that there was no damage
or change in readings at radiation monitoring posts around
Ships were seen leaving a port south of the Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear power station, where three reactors had meltdowns in
2011 after an earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling and
power, as a precaution after the tremor. Buildings shook as
far away as Tokyo, 230 km south of the nuclear plant.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a "yellow" warning
shortly after the 1710 GMT quake that a small tsunami would
reach the northeastern Japanese coast.
A yellow warning is issued when a tsunami is not expected to
exceed a height of 1 metre, far smaller than the wave that
hit the Fukushima plant in 2011 and devastated large swathes
of Japan's eastern seaboard.