7.3 magnitude quake brings memories
- Tsunami warning taken back!
Fresh earthquake of 7.3 magnitude has hit North-eastern parts of Japan, bringing back the memories of March 11 tsunami and earthquake. The latest earthquake has brought no damage to any part of the earthquake-hit country.
However small tsunami waves reached northern Japan, same area which were battered by March 11 tsunami. The port towns of Soma and Ofunato saw 10-centimetre (four-inch) tsunami waves triggered by the 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck off the main island of Honshu.
The tsunami alert for the northeast coast was issued but later lifted, about two hours after the quake. Earlier, the workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was devastated by March 11 earthquake, were warned to evacuate following an alert for a tsunami of 50 centimeters. However, there were no immediate reports of damage from the earthquake. Japan is one of the world’s most seismically active countries. Dozens of strong aftershocks have been felt since the disaster in March.
The devastating March 11 and tsunami left about 22,000 people dead or missing and triggered an atomic crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.