Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocks Japan's Fukushima prefecture

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocks Japan's Fukushima prefecture

TOKYO - Agence France-Presse
Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocks Japans Fukushima prefecture

An aerial view shows workers wearing protective suits and masks working atop contaminated water storage tanks at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 20, 2013. REUTERS photo

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocked Japan's Fukushima prefecture early Sept. 20 morning, U.S. seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The epicentre of the earthquake was 22 kilometres below the ground, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It struck 20 kilometres west of the city of Iwaki, bordering the Pacific Ocean, at 2:25 a.m. The epicentre was also about 50 kilometres southwest of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which was crippled by the major quake and tsunami in March, 2011.

The Japan Meteorological Agency, which put the quake at magnitude 5.8, said no tsunami warning had been issued. The tremor caused buildings to shake in the capital Tokyo, 175 kilometres away, an AFP reporter there said.

It came just hours after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe toured the Fukushima nuclear plant on Sept. 18, ordering its operator Tokyo Electric Power to fix radioactive water leaks there. TEPCO said in a statement to Kyodo news agency that no abnormalities in radiation or equipment were observed at the plant after the quake.