Japan was plunged into fresh panic today as a 6.1 magnitude tremor hit the northern coast – the third major earthquake within a week. The tremors struck near the northern island on Honshu around 60 miles southeast on Sendai. To the dismay of rattled survivors, the latest quake happened close to the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster – which saw 15,000 killed in March 2011. No tsunami warnings have been issued on this occasion.
It comes after at least 48 people were killed when two cataclysmic earthquakes ripped through the island of Kyushu – leaving houses crumbled and survivors in shock. The first quake hit late last Thursday and the largest, at magnitude 7.3, some 27 hours later. FULL REPORT