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5.6 earthquake rocks Fukushima, airline pulls out over radiation fears

Staff Writer | March 1, 2017
More bad news for the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima, as a powerful earthquake shook cities and halted train services.
Fukushima
Japan   21 miles from the nearest settlement
No damage or injuries were reported in the second major earthquake since November 2016.

The undersea earthquake, 21 miles from the nearest settlement and striking at a depth of 26 miles beneath sea level, measured a magnitude 5.6 on the Richter Scale according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake was powerful enough to cause buildings to shake as far away as Tokyo, about 180 miles south. No damage was reported to any of Fukushima's nuclear reactors.

A South Korean airline has decided against launching flights to Japan’s Fukushima Airport due to concerns over nuclear radiation.

The Japan Times reports that Jeju Air was planning to launch charter flights from Seoul to Fukushima this month, to provide travellers with a gateway to the northeast of Honshu Island.

But it has now decided to switch the service to Sendai International Airport, reportedly due to concerns raised by the airline’s flight crews over radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which was damaged by the Tohoku earthquake in March 2011.


 

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