7.1-magnitude aftershock hits Japan downgraded to 6.6, one month after March 11 earthquake tsunami

By on Apr 11, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

A 7.1-magnitude aftershock hits Japan but was later downgraded to 6.6, exactly one month after the March 11 earthquake-tsunami.

According to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 5:16 p.m (Tokyo time) with the epicenter at Iwaki and has a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

The strong aftershock was said to be 38 kilometers (24 miles) west from Iwaki, Honshu, and 101 miles (163 kilometers) north from Tokyo.

About one hour ago, Japan’s Meteorological Agency reported it as 7.1-magnitude earthquake, and issued a 3-foot tsunami warning but was lifted later.

According to reports, the earthquake was reported to have shook buildings in Tokyo, which was after Japan spent some moments of silence and reflected on the March 11 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

Apparently, Tokyo‘s main international airport was forced to close both of its runways but only for a short time, as workers of troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plants were advised to leave the area.

As of this writing, there were no reports of casualties, injuries or damage of properties caused by the latest aftershock.



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