Japan earthquake April 7: injuries, blackout reported, but power plant fine

  on April 07 2011 2:22 PM

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Japan at 11:32 p.m. local time on Thursday in the same area as the initial March 11 9.0-magnitude earthquake. It was the largest aftershock to date.

Some injuries were reported, but no death so far, according to Japan’s government broadcaster. The earthquake also knocked off power in parts of the region.

After the April 7 earthquake hit, Japanese authorities initially put out a tsunami warning and told people along the coastline to evacuate.  However, there have been no evidence of tsunamis and the warning was lifted.

At the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant that previously leaked radiation, the earthquake has not caused any additional damage so far, according to authorities.

However, the earthquake did force workers there to be evacuated. Earlier on Thursday, authorities began pumping nitrogen into Reactor No.1 in order to reduce the risk of a hydrogen explosion. 

To view IBTimes' coverage of the 2011 Japan Earthquake, click here. 

Below are available photos from Japan that were taken after the April 7 earthquake:

Update: The April 7 earthquake has killed 2 people from Miyagi prefecture and Yamagata prefecture, and injured more than 132, according to Japan's government.  There are still no reported additional damages to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

 

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