Tohoku coast in Japan hit by 7.3 magnitude earthquake

Tohoku coast in Japan hit by 7.3 magnitude earthquake

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The coast of Fukushima Prefecture on October 26, 2013 was hit by an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3. A tsunami alert has been issued by the Japan’s Meteorological Agency, however, the alert was lifted two hours later.

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People have been urged by the agency to stay away from the waterfront areas after the quake hit at 2:10 am on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The tsunami alert covered Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Ibaraki and Chiba Prefectures, but was then lifted at 4:05 am on the same day. The police said that so far no injuries have been reported in the Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures.

Moreover, no abnormality has been reported at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant which was crippled by the magnitude of 9.0 earthquake during the massive disaster in March 2011. Even Tohoku Electric Power company has confirmed that no abnormality has been reported at the Onagawa Nuclear power plant.

The coastal residents in Ofunato, Kamaishi, Hihashimatsushima, Miyagi, Iwaizumi and Rikuzentakata Prefectures were asked to evacuate the area. The agency also informed that 40 cm-high waves were observed in Kuji port, Iwate Prefecture and Fukushima. The magnitude issued by the agency was revised from 6.8 to 7.3 and it said that the latest quake is the aftershock of the 2011 quake.

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