Japan Earthquake 6.7 magnitude, tsunami warning issued but canceled later

By on Jun 23, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

Updated: July 10, 2011 11:50 a.m.

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A 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at around 6:50 a.m. (Japan time), and a tsunami warning was issued but was lifted one hour later.

According to U.S. Geological Survey, the 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit off about 40 kilometers from northern Iwate Prefecture on the Honshu Island, around 530 kilometers to the northeast of Tokyo.

Apparently, this is the same area where the devastating 9.0-magnitude hit Japan last March 11 although there were no immediate reports of injuries and damage of property this time.

As noted at Kyodo News, a tsunami warning was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency for the Iwate Prefecture but was canceled about one hour later.

Although there were strong aftershocks after the quake, U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told reports a strong tsunami is unlikely to happen.

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