Japan earthquake 2012: 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Japan, tsunami warning issued

By on Dec 7, 2012 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits eastern coast of Japan, near Sendai, Honshu, this Friday, December 7, 2012, and the Japan Meteorological Agency immediately issued a tsunami warning. There were no immediate reports of casualties and damage to properties, as of this writing.

As noted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on its official website, the location of this latest Japan earthquake occurred at 08:18:24.32 UTC today, Friday (5:18 p.m. Japan time) and had a depth of 36.1 kilometers (22.4miles).

According to USGS, the center of this 7.3 magnitude earthquake is located at 176 miles (284 km) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan; 184 miles (296 km) ENE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan; 198 miles (319 km) E of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan; 285 miles (459 km) NE of Tokyo, Japan.

Meanwhile, Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, which was badly hit by the earthquake and tsunami back in March 2011. A tsunami advisory was issued for Iwate Prefecture, Pacific Coast of Aomori Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture, and Ibaraki Prefecture.

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Company) reporter North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy has been tweeting the latest developments of this Japan earthquake, saying that workers at Fukushima nuclear plant ordered to evacuate after tsunami warning was issued, but no big wave is being forecast to hit Fukushima.

“Reports Sendai airport closed (was inundated during last year’s quake). Flights redirected to Tokyo as a precaution.” Mark Willacy (@markwillacy) tweeted, with ABC News reporting that a series of aftershocks were felt in the affected areas, including those with magnitudes 6.2 and 5.3.

Map Japan earthquake 7.3
Map, showing the location of 7.3 magnitude Japan earthquake (Friday, December 7, 2012)
Image Credit: Google Map

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