New Zealand news outlets are reporting a strong earthquake in northern Japan in the last couple of hours. NZTV reported:
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 jolted the Ibaragi Prefecture near Tokyo today, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.
The earthquake also had no impact on the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co said. No tsunami warning was issued.
The quake struck at around 10:23 am (2.23pm NZT) about 130 km north of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, and was felt in the capital. Its depth was about 10 km.
What neither of the news stories mentions is that Ibaragi Prefecture is bordered on the north by the Fukushima Prefecture. In fact, most of Ibaragi Prefecture is as close to Fukushima as it is to Tokyo, where the earthquake was felt.
The press reports do not say that the earthquake was not felt at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, just that it had not impact on the plant. Could have something to do with the fact that all the reactors at Fukushima are shut down.
More when it becomes available….