New York: Nuclear plants near the region that was hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan appear to be operating normally, the United Nations atomic energy agency said Friday, adding that no emergency measures have been put into place so far.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had been in contact with Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) to collect information about the status of nuclear power plants that could be affected.
"Nuclear power plants in the region nearest to the epicentre of the earthquake have reported to NRA that they have detected no trouble and that no emergency measures have been activated," said IAEA's spokesperson, Gill Tudor.
The earthquake triggered a one metre sea level rise in some areas and prompted evacuations, but according to media reports, no deaths, injuries or serious damage have been noted. Media reports said the earthquake's epicentre was about 245 kilometres south-east of the city of Kamiashi at a depth of about 36 kilometres.