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Friday, December 7, 2012

7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Fukushima

A strong earthquake off the coast of Fukushima-ken has hit Japan this Friday, December 7, 2012 at a magnitude of 7.3 causing a tsunami warning in the area.

 Although a one-meter-high tsunami was spawned, and thousands of residents on the coastline of northeastern Japan were ordered to head for higher ground, the warning was lifted two hours later with no reported deaths or big damage, though there are reports that five people have been injured.

According to reports, the one-meter tsunami made landfall at Ishinomaki, in Miyagi-ken, which if you will recall was the major stomping grounds of the tsunami that devastated the region back on March 11, 20111.

As a precaution in Miyagi, trains were stopped and the Sendai airport also closed its runway.

Ishinomaki is still in the process of cleaning up after the massive 2011 tsunami, with large swathes of rubble, massively damaged homes and buildings and cars part of the ruins.

The earthquake struck at 5:18PM local time, with the Japan Meteorological Agency saying the epicenter was situated 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) under the seabed and 240 kilometers (150 miles) off the coast of Miyakgi-ken.

Buildings in Tokyo were reported to have swayed for several minutes, but again, no deaths or major damage.

Although workers at the TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power COmpany) were told to move to safer ground, the Dai-ichi nuclear power generation facility is not thought to have suffered any further damage—a major concern considering the near meltdowns that followed after the March 11, 2011 disaster.

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