Tsunami Hits Fukushima Coast After Earthquake (Again)

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Tsunami Hits Fukushima

Fukushima, Japan -- A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Fukushima on Tuesday.  The same area that was struck with a magnitude 9 earthquake on March 11, 2011 that caused a massive nuclear crisis.

Earthquakes are common in Japan and make up for about 20% of major earthquakes of a magnitude 6 or higher.  This earthquake was originally surveyed at 7.3 magnitudes, but was downgraded to 6.9.  

Ships began to move out to sea after tsunami warnings were heard.  The waves were seen as high as 10 feet.  "We saw high waves, but nothing that went over the tidal barriers," said a witness from Iwaki.

All of the Fukushima nuclear power plants have been shut down since the 2011 tsunami.  That tsunami knocked out the Daiichi nuclear plant and spilled radiation into the sea and air.  

No damage to the other power plants have been reported, but black outs have occurred.

Read the full story here. 

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