Tsunami warning after 6.8-magnitude quake off northern Japan coast

14 March 2012 11:17  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan on Wednesday night, prompting a tsunami warning for the northern island of Hokkaido, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The quake occurred at 18:09 local time (09:09 GMT) on Wednesday in the Sanriku Oki region at a relatively shallow depth of about 10 kilometres (six miles), the agency said.

The epicentre was about 235 kilometres south of Kushiro, Hokkaido.

The quake was not felt in Tokyo, which is more than 700 kilometres away.

Tsunami warnings are currently in effect for Hokkaido island’s southern and eastern Pacific coast, and for the Aomori and Iwate prefectures in the north east of Japan’s main island, Honshu.

Around the same time last year, northeastern Japan was hit by a massive 9.0-magnitude quake with a consequent tsunami that killed around 19,000 people and caused widespread destruction to homes, businesses and infrastructure, including a nuclear power facility in Fukushima.

Iwate prefecture was badly damaged in last year’s tsunami.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said there was no threat of a Pacific-wide wave.

By: Pearl Bantillo
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