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> An earthquake hit Northern Japan, early Tuesday local time, prompting a tsunami advisory for most of the nation's Northern Pacific Coast. The quake at was first registered as magnitude 7.3, but was downgraded by US Geological Survey to 6.9. The quake's epicenter was off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture.
That was the area hit by a massive quake in March, 2011, which set off the world's worst nuclear power plant disaster since Chernobyl, and that still impacts the country. Public broadcaster NHK says Tokyo Electric Power was checking its nuclear plants in Fukushima for damage. And that the first of the tsunamis, about two feet, reached Onahama Port.
A tsunami warning of about ten feet has been issued. All nuclear plants on the coast have been shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Only two reactors are still operating in Japan, both in the southwest of the country. But even nuclear plants not in operation need active systems to keep spent fuel cool.
Japan's 2011 quake, was a magnitude 9, the strongest quake in Japan on record. So far, there are no immediate reports of damage or injury from Tuesday's quake.