Breaking News: Fukushima may be hit again as new 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Japan

By Dorothy Davis

Officials at the Japan Meteorological agency have reported a 7.4-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Miyagi prefecture Thursday, also issuing a tsunami warning for a wave of up to one meter.

Japan's NHK television also reported a tsunami advisory for Iwate Prefecture, and said the tsunami could hit the already damaged Fukushima nuclear power complex.

For comprehensive coverage of the Japanese nuclear power disaster and efforts under way to resolve it, visit PennEnergy’s Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Emergency 2011 special section. 

Japan is still in the midst of recovering from the massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, which severely damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear complex. As a result, at least 2 gigawatts (GW) of Japan’s nuclear capacity have been permanently lost, and another 10 GW is likely to remain shut-down for several years.

Check back often for information on events in Japan and how they will impact the energy industry.



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