Strong New Tremor Strikes Northeast Japan

By: From AP/ CBS News
By: From AP/ CBS News

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) -- Japanese authorities say a moderately
strong earthquake has struck the prefecture in northeastern Japan where workers are struggling to bring a leaking nuclear power plant
under control, but there were no immediate reports of damage or
injury.

The Magnitude 6.0 temblor hit Fukushima Prefecture shortly after daybreak Wednesday, the meteorological agency said. No tsunami
alert was issued. Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the
troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, said it has
received no reports of damage at the complex due to the quake.

On Tuesday, workers at the plant hooked up power lines to all six of the crippled complex's reactor units, but other repercussions from the massive earthquake and tsunami were still rippling across the nation.

There's still a lot of work to do at a damaged Japanese nuclear plant before the cooling systems can be turned back on.

Even though the power's been restored, the plant operator says workers have to check all of the equipment for damage.

Still, the progress on the electrical lines is a welcome advance there after days of setbacks.

Japan's police agency says more than 9,000 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami. Another 13,500 are missing. Police officials estimate that the final figure will likely exceed 18,000 deaths.


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