7.3-magnitude quake hits northeast Japan; tsunami warning issued

07 December 2012 09:35  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the northeast coast of Sanriku in northeastern Japan on Friday afternoon, triggering a tsunami warning in the Miyagi prefecture, according to the country’s meteorological agency.

The temblor struck at around 17:18 Japan time (8:18 GMT), it said.

About an hour later, a one metre-high tsunami was observed in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, according to media reports.

Evacuation alerts were issued to residents of the prefecture.

No abnormal activities have been reported at the nuclear plants in the northeast or Ibaraki prefecture in the Kanto region, according to the Japan Broadcasting Corp, a state-run media company.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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