Tsunami warning issued after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan

Tsunami warning issued after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan

Tokyo – 7.2 Earthquake It hit off the northeast coast of Japan on Saturday, shook buildings even in Tokyo and triggered a tsunami warning in part of the northern coast.

The epicenter was off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, which was severely damaged during the massive earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

The Japan Meteorological Agency He said in a statement that it occurred at 6:09 p.m. local time (6:09 a.m. ET) near Miyagi Prefecture.

No damage was reported, according to the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, and there were no initial reports of injuries.

However, the US Tsunami Warning System issued a tsunami advisory notice.

“Based on the initial earthquake parameters, dangerous tsunamis could occur to coasts 300 kilometers (186 miles) from the epicenter,” she said in a statement.

After a tsunami warning was initially issued to Miyagi Prefecture, this was later canceled by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority also said in a post on its website that no anomalies were found in three nuclear reactors in the vicinity, including the Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini nuclear power plants.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, One of the most seismically active regions in the world and the country accounts for about 20 percent of earthquakes in the world with strengths of 6 or more.

Last month, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast near Fukushima Prefecture, Which was the site of a The worst nuclear disasters in the world For nearly a decade.

Fukushima It was hit by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake in 2011 – the strongest in Japan’s history. The tsunami soon followed, killing more than 15,000 people and leaving 2,500 others unaccounted for.

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In the sign of a rebirth, the district was to host parts of Summer Olympics To be held in Japan in 2020. However, Matches have been postponed until 2021 Because Coronavirus pandemic.

Arata Yamamoto reports in Tokyo and Adela Suleiman in London.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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