n18
NEWS|Current Affairs 
   |
Picture used for representative purpose only. Photo: Getty Images

A strong earthquake struck off northeastern Japan on Friday in the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year. A city in the region reported that a small tsunami had hit, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off Miyagi prefecture at 5.18 p.m. (1.48 p.m. IST). The epicentre was 10 km beneath the seabed.

After the quake, which caused buildings in Tokyo to sway for at least several minutes, authorities issued a warning that a tsunami potentially as high as 2m could hit. Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi, reported that a tsunami of 1m hit at 6.02 p.m. local time.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no risk of a widespread tsunami.

Miyagi prefectural police said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake or tsunami, although traffic was being stopped in some places to check on roads.

Shortly before the earthquake struck, NHK television broke off regular programming to warn that a strong quake was due to hit. Afterward, the announcer repeatedly urged all near the coast to flee to higher ground.

The magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that slammed into northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, killed or left missing some 19,000 people, devastating much of the coast. All but two of Japan’s nuclear plants were shut down for checks after the earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in the worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Immediately following Friday’s quake, there were no problems at any of the nuclear plants operated by Fukushima Dai-Ichi operator Tokyo Electric Power, said Takeo Iwamoto, a spokesman for the company.

Tag : #Earthquake #japan #tsunami

Kerry's India visit: Indo-US relations need a therapist, not a traveling salesman

from firstpost

Kerry's India visit: Indo-US relations need a therapist, not a traveling salesman

"The bigger picture has to guide us and the end game has to guide us," expounded US Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry was speaking about US-India relations to the Center for American Prog...


Modi tells Rajnath to visit landslide-hit area in Pune

from firstpost

Modi tells Rajnath to visit landslide-hit area in Pune

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Moditoday condoled the loss of lives in landslide in Pune anddirected that all possible help should be provided to theaffected people.He also directed Home Minister ...

SC allows Sahara chief Subrata Roy to speak to buyers to sell properties

from firstpost

SC allows Sahara chief Subrata Roy to speak to buyers to sell properties

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today allowed Sahara chief Subrata Roy, who has been in jail for the last five months, to use conference room in Tihar jail complex for negotiation with potential buyers o...

SC asks Tihar, Sahara to work out conferencing facility details for Subrata Roy

from firstpost

SC asks Tihar, Sahara to work out conferencing facility details for Subrata Roy

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Sahara group and Tihar jail authorities to work out concrete modalities for conferencing facilities that could be extended to company chairman Subra...

Prime Minister Modi mourns lives lost in Pune landslide

from firstpost

Prime Minister Modi mourns lives lost in Pune landslide

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday termed as "saddening" the loss of lives in a landslide in Pune, and said Home Minister Rajnath Singh would be visiting the spot to take stoc...

Delhi HC to hear plea for CBI probe into Katju's charges against ex-CJIs

from firstpost

Delhi HC to hear plea for CBI probe into Katju's charges against ex-CJIs

New Delhi:OnAugust 1, the Delhi High Court will hear a plea demanding CBI undertakes aninvestigation into Press Council of India Chairman MarkandeyKatju's allegations that three former Chief Justices ...

Chhattisgarh: Top Maoist leaders surrender

from firstpost

Chhattisgarh: Top Maoist leaders surrender

Raipur: Three Naxals were arrested andtwo high ranking cadres, including a woman, surrendered inseparate places of Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bastarregion, police said today.Intensive search and co...