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A powerful earthquake has struck off the coast of Fukushima in north-east Japan, triggering renewed fears of nuclear power that is expected to last until around 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening.

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami warning reminded the country that the year 2011 actually happened five years ago.

“Oh yeah, the year between 2010 and 2012 actually occurred, Nintendo 3DS was released, Japan won the women’s soccer world cup, and we finally saw the end of analogue television,” said one Osaka resident.

“Oh and a potential apocalyptic nightmare in Fukushima began in 2011 that won’t be fully resolved for forty years.”

Resistance for restarting nuclear power plants across the nation will intensify over the coming 24 hours and then completely subside once the beers start flowing on Friday evening.

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There have been reports that water used to fuel the reactor 3 cooling system at the Fukushima Daini power plant failed after the earthquake struck but TEPCO is set to blame the 30-centimeter tsunami that trickled ashore about an hour later.

Image: NHK World Japan

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