Japan Hit With a 6.6 Earthquake Overnight

Japan Hit With a 6.6 Earthquake Overnight
Monday, April 11, 2011 - 12:45pm

JAPAN— Japan was rocked by another earthquake overnight, exactly a month after the first earthquake and tsunami that has left the island nation on the brink of a nuclear catastrophe.

A month to day from the first 9.0 magnitude earthquake, a 6.6 earthquake aftershock hit the island. A tsunami warning was released but quickly taken down. The aftershock briefly knocked out power at the Fukushima power plant.

Every aftershock could potentially cause more physical damage to the crippling power plant, and if a tsunami warning is issued workers have to be evacuated.

The aftershock also came on the same day that the Japanese government expanded the evacuation zone around the power plant from 12 miles to 20 miles.

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