7.3 Earthquake, Small Tsunami Hit Japan

Quake hit in same region as last year's major quake
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 7, 2012 2:54 AM CST
Updated Dec 7, 2012 4:04 AM CST

(Newser) – A strong earthquake struck this morning off the coast of northeastern Japan in the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year. A city in the region reported that a small tsunami had hit, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Officials said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. The epicenter was 6.2 miles beneath the seabed.

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After the quake, which caused buildings in Tokyo to sway for at least several minutes, authorities issued a warning that a tsunami potentially as high as about 6.5 feet could hit. Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi, reported a tsunami of about 3 feet. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no risk of a widespread tsunami. (Read more Japan stories.)

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