JAPAN DISASTER: Tsunami warning lifted after northeast hit by quake

07 April 2011 18:08  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A tsunami warning issued after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan on Thursday has now been lifted.

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 earthquake struck at 23:32 local time (14:32 GMT), 66km (41 miles) east of Sendai at a depth of 49km, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake was initially measured at magnitude of 7.4 but this was later revised down by the USGS.

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 were evacuated from the plant without any injuries, according to reports.

The extent of any damage or casualties from the quake is not yet known.

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By: Franco Capaldo
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