JAPAN DISASTER: Japan's northeast coast hit by new 7.1 quake

11 April 2011 10:15  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s northeast coast was hit by a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 on Monday, triggering a tsunami warning across four prefectures.

The quake occurred at 17:16pm local time (08:16 hours GMT) some 94km (58 miles) away from Fukushima, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The Japan meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for waves of up to two metres and advised people in Ibaraki, Miyagi, Fukushima and Chiba prefectures to move immediately to higher ground.

The quake caused buildings to sway in Tokyo and has forced an evacuation of workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, according to media reports.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 10km, some 23km southwest of Iwaki, the USGS said.

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By: Nurluqman Suratman

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