Workers near coast 'evacuated from Fukushima plant'

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen burning after it was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 Credit: Digital Globe/Reuters/Handout

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant has ordered workers near the coast to move to higher ground after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

Japan's emergency agencies have declared a tsunami warning for the region that includes the crippled nuclear site.

All but two of Japan's 50 reactors have been offline since a magnitude-9.0 earthquake in March 2011 triggered a tsunami which led to massive radiation leaks at the plant 160 miles northeast of Tokyo.

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Japan Fukushima earthquake

Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has reportedly been evacuated after a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded east of the country.