WORLDPOST
03/11/2011 12:29 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Fukushima, Japan Nuclear Facility Declares State Of Emergency

A nuclear power plant in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan is under a state of emergency following the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that shook the nation today.

Located in northern Japan, the Fukushima Prefecture has a population of 2 million and lies in an area heavily impacted by the earthquake. A dam broke nearby, washing away homes, Reuters reported.

Residents near the facility have been asked to evacuate as a precaution. The nuclear power plant's cooling system was malfunctioning after the quake, causing concerns, per the Guardian.

You can read more about the scramble to avert a radiation leak here.

See where Fukishima is located in Japan in the map below. Read more on the nuclear emergency from the Associated Press here.