April 7, 2011

Japan Struck By 7.1-Magnitude Earthquake

Another earthquake hit Japan today, just weeks after another devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast.

A tsunami warming for a wave up to 6-feet has been issued by the Japan meteorological agency.  The warning was issued for a coastal area already torn apart by the tsunami that struck last month and took 25,000 lives sparking an ongoing crisis at a nuclear power plant.

Officials say Thursday's quake was a 7.1-magnitude and hit 25 miles under water and off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. 

Buildings as far away as Tokyo felt the strike of the quake for about a minute.

U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck off the eastern coast 60 miles from Sendai and 90 miles from Fukushima.

The latest from Kyodo News is that "no problem at all 6 reactors of Fukushima Dai-Ichi" nuclear power plant after this latest earthquake, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.

U.S. officials said Thursday's quake is not expected to create a tsunami threat in Hawaii or the West Coast. 

According to Japan Meteorological Agency, Ishinomaki-shi Ayukawa and Sendai-ko are the places expected to be hit by the tsunami the worse.