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Earthquake with magnitude 7.3 off Japan coast

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Generates one-metre-high tsunami but no heavy damage

TENSE MOMENTSPeople crowd at Sendai railway station, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, after trains were halted following a strong quake.Photo: AP
TENSE MOMENTSPeople crowd at Sendai railway station, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, after trains were halted following a strong quake.Photo: AP

A strong earthquake on Friday struck the same Japanese coast devastated by last year’s massive quake and tsunami, generating small waves. Several people along the northeastern coast were reportedly injured and buildings in Tokyo and elsewhere swayed for several minutes.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. (08:18 GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicenter was 10 kilometres beneath the seabed and 240 kilometres offshore.

The area was shaken by repeated, smaller aftershocks, the agency said.

After the quake, authorities issued a warning that a tsunami potentially as high as 2 meters could hit. Sirens whooped along the coast as people ran for higher ground.

Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi, reported a tsunami one meter high and other towns reported smaller tsunamis.

About two hours after the quake struck, the tsunami warning was cancelled. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center earlier said there was no risk of a widespread tsunami.

Japan has barely begun to rebuild from last year’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake, which triggered a tsunami that swelled to 20 meters high in some areas, ravaging dozens of coastal communities in Miyagi and elsewhere. About 19,000 people were killed and some 325,000 people remain displaced from their homes.

No effect on India

India will not be affected by the powerful undersea quake that struck Japan today.

“India will not have any effect,” sources in the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) said.AP/PTI


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