Tsunami Alert After 6.7 Quake Hits Northeast Japan
TOKYO (AFP) – Japan issued a tsunami alert Thursday after a magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck in the northeast of the country, rattling the areas hardest hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami disasters.
The meteorological agency said the latest jolt hit at 6:51 am (2151 GMT Wednesday) some 50 kilometres (31 miles) off the east coast of Miyako, Iwate prefecture, at a depth of 20 kilometres in the Pacific.
The northeast coast of Japan's main Honshu island was ravaged by a 9.0 magnitude quake and monster tsunami on March 11 which left more 23,000 people dead or missing.
The disasters also crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, triggering the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986 and forcing hundreds of thousands of residents to leave their homes.
Re: Tsunami Alert After 6.7 Quake Hits Northeast Japan
HONSHU, Japan, June 22 (UPI) -- A magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off Honshu, Japan, early Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake struck at 6:50 a.m. local time (5:50 p.m. EDT Wednesday) about 53 miles southeast of Honshu and 328 miles north-northeast of Tokyo.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a statement saying there was "a small possibility of a destructive local tsunami," and the U.S. National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a statement advising that "no destructive widespread tsunami threat existed based on historical earthquake and tsunami data."
"However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located with 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the earthquake epicenter," the advisory said. "Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action."
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