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6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japanese coast

Tsunami warning issued but later lifted after no signs of repeat to March disaster that killed 20,400

6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japanese coast
The aftermath of the tsunami and earthquake that struck parts of Japan in March. (Getty Images)

A strong
earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted northeastern Japan
off Fukushima prefecture on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency
said, although no damage was reported and a tsunami advisory for the
area was lifted after no waves were sighted.

Some highways were closed and high-speed bullet trains were halted after the quake, public broadcaster NHK said.

A
50cm (20 inch) tsunami advisory was issued for the coastal areas of
Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures that were severely damaged by the
massive March 11 quake and tsunami, but was lifted about 35 minutes
later.

Tokyo Electric Power Co said
no abnormalities had been found at radiation monitoring posts at the
crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, about 240km northeast
of Tokyo, or the nearby Daini plant, and that cooling operations at the
damaged reactors were continuing.

Tohoku
Electric Power said there were no abnormalities at its Onagawa nuclear
power plant, which has been shut since the March disaster.

The focus of the tremor was off the coast of Fukushima, 20 km below the earth's surface, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

On
March 11, the northeast coast was struck by a magnitude 9 earthquake,
the strongest on record in Japan, and a massive tsunami that triggered
the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years at the Fukushima Daiichi
plant. The disaster left about 20,400 dead or missing.

Marcellus Kelley 8 years ago

I believe this is the result of the ground not being able to cool off due to high acidity in the water and the ozone layer dissapearing.The entire earth has been heating up 1degree every year causing us to have hurricanes in the winter time!