Another major 7.1 earthquake hit Japan Monday at 5.16pm Japan time. The troubled nuclear power plant had to be evacuated. The earthquake was centered only 18 km away. This earthquake is located inland and not off shore. A tsunami threat should not be present, but major damage may be a possibility.
Reports confirm the cooling system at troubled nuclear reactors failed after the electricity was cut due to the latest earthquake.
Pumps for reactor 1,2 and 3 stopped working. Workers were able to restart it after one hour.
A tsunami imminent warning for the Japanese coast was issued at a time when authorities located the quake off shore in error. No Pacific wide tsunami alert was issued.
Authorities will evacuate an additional 20 km radius around the troubled nuclear facility. This evacuation will be concluded within a month.
Buildings in Tokyo were shaking and some were evacuated.
This is the fourth major earthquake in Japan within a month.
Monday, April 11, 2011 at 08:16:16 UTC
Monday, April 11, 2011 at 05:16:16 PM at epicenter
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
23 km (14 miles) SW (223°) from Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
65 km (40 miles) NNE (19°) from Mito, Honshu, Japan
94 km (58 miles) SSE (166°) from Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
164 km (102 miles) NNE (32°) from TOKYO, Japan
NST= 16, Nph= 16, Dmin=228.7 km, Rmss=1.69 sec, Gp=137°,
M-type=”moment” magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=1