7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern Japan, Prompts Authorities to Issue Tsunami Alert

By on Mar 9, 2011 in Asia, Headlines, Natural Disasters, Science, Weather Comments

Danger of Tsunami in Northern Japan
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A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits the north east coast of Japan at around 11: 45 local time (0245 GMT) March 9, 2011. According to Japanese Meteorological Agency, the quake’s center is 200 miles north of Tokyo with a depth of 6.2 miles.

The powerful earthquake was shortly followed by a 6.3 magnitude aftershock. It shook the buildings of Tokyo but according to international reports, there were no immediate injuries reported.

The tremendous shaking of the ground led to the automatic shut down of the nuclear power plant for safe checking and flights at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport were temporarily canceled.

Due to earthquake, the Japanese authorities issued a tsunami alert that warned the public of tsunami of about 20 inches (50 centimeters) that might hit the coast Wednesday afternoon.


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