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Tsunami hits Fukushima – Seismologist says 'Japan earthquake 2011 aftershocks'

A minor tsunami of 20 centimetres (7.8 inches) has been observed in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, and Ofunato, Iwate prefecture of Japan after magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the region, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Tidal waves of 10 cm were also logged in the city of Soma located about 40 km north of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, the agency said.

The quake was registered at level four on the Japan's seismic scale of 7 in some parts of Fukushima prefecture.

"Today's tremor was aftershock of 2011 quake", Japan Today has written quoting the seismologist Yasuhiro Yoshida of the Japan Meteorological Agency. "There are fears that relatively large earthquakes will occasionally occur in the ocean area where aftershocks of the great earthquake continue," the seismologist Yasuhiro Yoshida added.

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At least three people have been injured by the earthquake in Fukushima.

According to the United States Geological Survey, earthquake occurred 129 km ESE of Namie of Fukushima Prefecture of Japan. It was 6.9 miles deep.

According to Fukushima plant operators Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), there were no reports of any abnormality early Saturday.

The 2011 Japan earthquake and Tsunami claimed lives of more than 18,000 people. It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to hit Japan, and the fifth most powerful earthquake in the world.

19:22 UTC (local time 2014-07-12 04:22 @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
129 km (80mi) ESE of Namie, Japan
131 km (81mi) E of Iwaki, Japan
147 km (91mi) ENE of Kitaibaraki, Japan
151 km (94mi) ENE of Takahagi, Japan
284 km (176mi) ENE of Tokyo, Japan

Original post: Natural Disasters List July 12, 2014

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