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article imageSecond powerful earthquake rocks northeastern Japan

By Leo Reyes     Apr 12, 2011 in Environment
A powerful earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude rocked northeastern Japan Tuesday after another aftershock with the same intensity hit Chiba prefecture Monday evening.
The second aftershock with its epicenter located near the crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, swayed buildings as far as central Tokyo.
TEPCo, the operator of the overheated Fukushima Nuclear Plant said workers at the plant were evacuated to safer grounds.
The US Geological Survey says the aftershock had occurred at a depth of 13 kilometers and was centered about 77 kilometers (47 miles) east-southeast of Tokyo.
No tsunami warning was raised by authorities and no new casualty has been reported so far.
The latest strong aftershocks came hours after government raised the nuclear alert level in the heavily damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant to almost the same level as the one that occurred at Chernobyl Nuclear facility in 1986.
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