M7.2 quake hits northeastern Japan

4 weeks ago

A powerful quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 shook eastern and northeastern Japan on Saturday evening, and the government issued a tsunami advisory. NHK reported that a one-meter-high tsunami reached Ishinomaki.

However, Japan Meteorological Agency lifted all tsunami advisories at 7:30 p.m.

The temblor occurred at 6:09 p.m. about 60 kilometers below the surface off the coast of Miyagi, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Its focus, about 20 kilometers off Ojika Peninsula in Miyagi, was relatively close to that of the magnitude-7.3 temblor in mid-February which rocked Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and injured over 150 people.

It also came just over a week after northeastern Japan marked the 10th anniversary of the devastating quake and tsunami which triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

With about one hour since the quake struck, there has been one report of an injury in Miyagi Prefecture, according to a local fire department, but no structural damage has been reported. Television footage on public broadcaster NHK showed no abnormalities at coastal or urban areas in Miyagi where the quake hit hardest.

The quake registered upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in parts of Miyagi, smaller than the mid-February quake which recorded upper 6 in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.

No abnormalities were found at nuclear plants in eastern and northeastern Japan, according to their operators, while JR East said it suspended operation of the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train services.


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