Tsunami warning issued in Japan as 7.2-magnitude quake hits off northeast coast (VIDEOS)

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck off the coast of Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture on Saturday evening, prompting the local meteorological agency to issue a tsunami advisory.

The quake struck northeastern Japan at around 6pm local time. Japan’s Meteorological Agency put the power of the quake at 7.2, saying it happened at a depth of 60km. Several weaker aftershocks followed over the next hour.

The agency issued a tsunami warning for the areas closest to the quake, saying a small wave may hit the coast between the Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, and the northern tip of Hokkaido.

The Tohoku Shinkansen high-speed train line, which connects Tokyo with the city of Aomori in the northern part of the Honshu island, reportedly suspended operations following the quake. Authorities also launched checks at local nuclear power plants to ensure there was no damage due to the tremor.

A similarly powerful quake occurred in Miyagi in April 2011, causing power outages and leading to the deaths of four people. Scientists said that tremor was an aftershock of the catastrophic quake from the previous month, which devastated large parts of Japan and led to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.

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Source:RT World News

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