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article imageStrong 6.8 earthquake hits Fukushima Japan, tsunami warning up

By Leo Reyes     Aug 19, 2011 in Environment
A strong 6.8 earthquake struck Friday at the northeastern coast of Japan near the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant which was severely damaged by the March 11 super earthquake and tsunami that caused the death of close to 20,000 people near Fukushima
A tsunami warning was issued in the Fukushima and Miyagi Perfectures but was lifted 35 minutes later.
The quake reportedly occurred at 2:36 pm (0536GMT) with its epicenter off Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 20 kilometers.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the company that operates the badly-damaged Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, said there were no damages on its Onagawa Plant which has been shut since March.
However, a report say "ground under Fukushima plant is cracking and radioactive steam is coming up — Melted core may be moving out of building" reports.
In a video interview, 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″.
Meanwhile, the NY Times reports that radioactive contamination in rice, a national grain, has been found by Japanese inspectors Friday.
The discovery is likely to fan out growing fears of radioactive contamination on crops and basic agricultural produce and the general safety of Japan's food supply.
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