Largest aftershock upsets quake victims, 3 killed

April 9, 2011 2:01 am 

SENDAI, April 8 — The strongest aftershock since the devastating March 11 earthquake that jolted Miyagi Prefecture and its vicinity late Thursday night killed three people and injured 132, tallies by firefighters and police showed Friday, while upsetting residents already taking shelter at local facilities and resting in the dark at the time.

The 11:32 p.m. quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4, measured upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in northern and central parts of Miyagi Prefecture, the area hardest hit by last month's magnitude 9.0 quake.

Among nuclear power plants in the region, no abnormalities have so far been reported as a result of the quake at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi or the nearby Fukushima Daini. Some external power supply, however, was disrupted at suspended plants and a spent fuel reprocessing plant in Miyagi and Aomori prefectures, causing them to use backup generators. (PNA/Kyodo) scs/rsm


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