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Earthquakes Hit United States & Japan

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North and South Carolina had an earthquake yesterday evening, but it wasn’t even half the magnitude of the earthquake that rattled Japan today. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the quake registered at 6.3 and struck six miles deep, just 170 miles east of the country’s main island.  Fortunately, no tsunami warning was needed.  However, the Fukushima nuclear power plant could still be vulnerable.

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Overnight, a pool used for storing spent fuel got very hot and reached boiling point.  Concerns over the power plant are only growing.  Though it’s probably one of the last things anyone wants to hear, as the water in the pool boils off, fuel rods are exposed and radiation is released.  Since yesterday, a white, steam-like vapors has been seen rising from the plant’s number two reactor.

The Carolinas also fell victim to Mother Nature shaking things up a bit.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a small earthquake rattled parts of the Carolinas last night.  The quake registered in at a magnitude of 2.9 and struck right near the border of North Carolina in Chesterfield, South Carolina.  No injuries or damage has been reported yet.  However, more than 100 people were able to feel the quake.

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