A 5.3 earthquake struck near Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. The 5.3-magnitude quake was epicentered Fukushima Prefecture in the early morning hours at a depth of nearly 13 miles. According to WebProNews on Sept. 19, no new issues were reported at the heavily damaged plant.
The plant was heavily damaged in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami hit and caused three reactors to melt; a cooling plant was also affected.
The 5.3 earthquake did not affect the power plant, which has been leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean since the meltdown occurred over two years ago. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the plant, did not observe anything out of the ordinary after the quake hit.
5.3 earthquake also did not trigger a tsunami warning. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not need to issue an alert.
In June another 5.3 earthquake struck near Hawaii. The USGS said that it was epicentered south of the Big Island and was revised down from a 5.6-magnitude initially
Additionally a 5.3 earthquake occurred off the coast of southern Oregon in January. All of these quakes were on the "Ring of Fire" which circles the Pacific. Over 90% of all earthquakes occur there.
What do you think about the 5.3 earthquake story? Please drop in your comments below.
For e-mail updates whenever a new article is posted, please subscribe at the bottom of the page and join my group on Facebook, Top Trending News.
Recent articles from this Examiner (click on the link to read):