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Aftershock rattles Japan

world Updated: Apr 12, 2011 02:32 IST
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A strong aftershock rattled northeastern Japan on Monday, briefly knocking out the power supply at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Japan’s nuclear safety agency said that power was resumed to the unit 1, unit 2 and unit 3 reactors after an interruption, allowing the critical cooling of hot fuel rods to resume. The temporary outage did not appear to have any safety implications, an official from Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.

The 6.6-magnitude aftershock, centered 50 miles south of Fukushima, came exactly one month after a 9.0 quake rocked Japan’s coastline and caused a massive tsunami.

Monday’s aftershock, which struck at 5:16pm local time, rattled buildings in Tokyo, 100 miles southwest of the epicenter. It followed a major 7.1-magnitude aftershock four days earlier that injured hundreds, killed at least two, and briefly interrupted power supply at two nuclear plants — though not at Daiichi.

On Monday, the government pushed to enlarge its 12-mile evacuation radius around the crippled plant, adding to the scores of thousands of Japanese already pushed from their homes.

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