The strong jolt hit at 6:51 am (Japan) local time, 31 miles off the coast of Miyako, Iwate prefecture. Following which a tsunami warning has also been issued however no high waves were reported till morning. No tsunami warning was issued for the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was affected heavily during last worst incident of quake with magnitude 9.0 and tsunami.
There are no immediate earthquake damages have been reported today. Japan government has issued a tsunami warning today (Thursday) after a magnitude-6.7 earthquake which struck the northeast of the country, rattling the areas hardest hit by the March 11, 2011 quake and tsunami disasters.
However, the meteorological agency lifted the warning later after about an hour the latest jolt hit at 6:51 am (2151 GMT Wednesday) some 50 kilometers (31 miles) off the east coast of Miyako, Iwate prefecture, at a depth of 20 kilometers in the Pacific.
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The Japanese agency had warned that a 50 centimeter (20-inch) tsunami could be expected in the quake hit region, however it is a relief that no warning has been issued to Fukushima which was the center of the nation’s nuclear crisis recently.
Public broadcaster NHK reported there were no immediate reports of damage from the quake while no sizable high waves were seen.
Local authorities in the quake hit areas have issued evacuation orders to some 8,000 households in Iwate.
Following this incident, as a safety measure, Shinkansen bullet train services were temporarily suspended, while there was no new damage to the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi, south of Iwate, which has been out of operation since the March 11, 2011 disaster, NHK added.
USGS also registered the quake at 6.7 in magnitude at a depth of 32 kilometers.
The northeast coast of Japan’s main Honshu island was ravaged by a 9.0 magnitude quake and monster tsunami on March 11, 2011 just approximately 3 months back which left around 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.
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