UPDATE: TEPCO safely evacuates Fukushima nuclear complex workers

By Dorothy Davis

The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said workers at the Fukushima nuclear complex were evacuated safely following an earthquake Thursday that struck off of Japan’s northeast coast. TEPCO officials stated they have maintained communication with the plants, confirming power is still on and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency reports workers at the Fukushima complex retreated to a quake-resistant shelter in the complex and no one there was injured.

In the meantime, the US Geological Survey has since downgraded the magnitude of the latest earthquake to 7.1 from 7.4. The event is now being classified as an aftershock of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan March 11.

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. 

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