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Japan nuclear facilities working normally after quake

TOKYO, June 14 (Reuters) - Nuclear power facilities run by Tohoku Electric Power Co 9506.T and Tokyo Electric Power Co 9501.T located in northern Japan were operating normally after a powerful earthquake on Saturday, company officials said.

“We haven’t found any problems at our Onagawa and Higashidori nuclear plants after the earthquake,” an official at Tohoku Electric said.

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 jolted northern Japan at 8:43 a.m. (2343 GMT) on Saturday, with the Japanese government reporting two people killed. [ID:nL14661275]

Tohoku’s Onagawa plant, located in Miyagi prefecture, has three units with a combined capacity of 2,174 megawatts.

The official said one unit at Onagawa has been closed due to a routine maintenance, while two other units were operating normally.

The official said no problem has been found at its 1,100 megawatt Higashidori nuclear plant. The plant is located in Aomori prefecture and has been closed for maintenance.

TEPCO’s two nuclear plants in Fukushima, with a total power capacity of 9,096 megawatts, were operating normally.

TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, the world’s biggest, located in Niigata prefecture in northwestern Japan, has been shut down since a major earthquake last July. (Reporting by Chikafumi Hodo)