5.3 Earthquake Hits Japan Near Fukushima Power Plant

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Scary news today out of Asia:

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter Scale has hit the Japanese prefecture that houses that nation's Fukushima power plant, the same one that was crippled when a tsunami struck in March 2011.

Fukushima Power Plant Pic

In response to today's event, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to shut down all six reactors at the facility and focus on tackling pressing issues such as leaks of radioactive water.

Thus far, the company has not reported any abnormality in radiation or equipment after the earthquake.

The 2011 natural disaster resulted in three reactors melting, with officials confirming that radioactive groundwater has been seeping into the Pacific Ocean.

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