JAPAN DISASTER: Japan hit by new quake, tsunami warning issued

07 April 2011 17:01  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Japan's northeast coast was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Thursday, triggering a tsunami warning.

The Japan meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for a wave of up to one metre and advised people living in the affected area to move to higher ground.

The quake was initially measured at 7.4 magnitude but this was later revised down by the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake struck 66km (41 miles) east of Sendai, according to the USGS, at a depth of 49km.

Media reports have said that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was severely damaged in last month's earthquake and tsunami, has not been affected. However, workers had been evacuated from the plant without reports of any injuries, according to reports.

The extent of any damage or casualties from the quake, which struck at 23:32 local time (14:32GMT), is not yet known.


By: Franco Capaldo
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