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6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off Fukushima coast, tsunami warning issued

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan, with its epicenter located some 129 kilometers from the city of Namie in Fukishima prefecture, US Geological Survey reported.

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6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off Fukushima coast, tsunami warning issued



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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan, with its epicenter located some 129 kilometers from the city of Namie in Fukishima prefecture, US Geological Survey reported.

The quake was centered at a depth of about 10km, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Tsunami advisories have been issued for the Fukushima prefecture, as well as for nearby Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.

There were no reports of abnormalities at Fukushima-1 nuclear plant following the quake, TEPCO reported.

image from www.jma.go.jp

The city of Namie is located in the southern part of the Hamadori coastal region of Fukushima prefecture.

The epicenter was also located 131km away from the city of Iwaki.

A marine threat has also been issued, as strong currents are expected to continue. JMA ordered residents to “get out of the water and leave the coast immediately.”

“Do not get in the sea or approach coasts until the advisory is cleared,” the agency said in a statement.

Though there may be slight sea-level change in coastal regions, no tsunami damage is expected, JMA added.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has warned that there is a risk of tsunami. “No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. However-earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter,” the PTWC said in a statement.

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