Japan Earthquake 2012: 6.8-magnitude quake hits northern Japan, tsunami warning issued

By on Mar 14, 2012 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the northeastern part of Japan on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, which prompted local officials to issue tsunami warning on the affected areas.

According to United States Geological Survey (USGS) on its official website that day, the strong earthquake occurred at 6:08:37 p.m. (local time) with a depth of 26.6 km (16.5 miles).

As noted by USGS, its epicenter is located at 235 km (146 miles) S of Kushiro, Hokkaido; 265 km (164 miles) SSE of Obihiro; 293 km (182 miles) E of Hachinohe, Honshu; and 734 km (456 miles) Northeast of Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Kyodo News reported that Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) registered the quake at 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in the Kushiro area of southern Hokkaido, and in parts of Aomori and Iwate prefectures.

As of this writing, there had been no immediate reports of damage or casualties due to the earthquake, which comes 1 year and three days after the strong earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands in Japan, last May 11, 2011.

Update: JMA reported that a second earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 hours later and was just off the coast of Chiba, east of Tokyo, but did not result to any damage or injury; and the tsunami warning was lifted about an hour and half after the first one.



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