Japan earthquake 7.1 magnitude, tsunami warning issued but later canceled

By on Jul 10, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters, Science Comments


Japan earthquake 7.1 magnitude
map (July 10, 2011)

Image Credit: USGS.gov

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 9:57 a.m. (local time) while a tsunami warning was issued but was canceled later.

As noted at Japan Meteorological Agency‘s official website, the 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Pacific Ocean off the coast of Honshu, with a depth of about 10 miles.

The same agency also said that a tsunami warning was immediately issued to Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures but was later canceled.

The above prefectures are the same areas affected by the earthquake-tsunami last March 11 where the country is still trying to recover from including the nuclear crisis.

According to Kyodo News, there were no reported injuries and damage to properties as of this writing with the earlier prediction of tsunami was noted to be up to 50 centimeters high.

Last June 23, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit almost the same area in Japan June 23 with a tsunami warning being issued but was canceled after one hour.



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