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12:27 pm - 12/07/2012

Major quake strikes off Japan, setting off small tsunami

Tokyo (CNN) -- A powerful earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday evening, rattling buildings in Tokyo and setting off a small tsunami.

It also jarred nerves in a nation still recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that killed thousands of people and triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.

Some roads were closed and rail services suspended in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi, where a one-meter (3-foot) tsunami rolled ashore. But there were no initial reports of damage or injuries, local police said.

Miyagi was one of the areas that suffered the worst of the destruction from the 9.0-magnitude quake and resulting tsunami in 2011.

The weaker, 7.3-magnitude quake on Friday took place further out at sea -- 462 kilometers (287 miles) east-northeast of Tokyo at a depth of 36 kilometers (22 miles) -- the U.S. Geological Survey said, slightly revising the initial location it gave.

It didn't create a widespread threat of a tsunami in the Pacific, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 killed more than 15,000 people in Japan. It caused the formation of 30-foot walls of water that swept away rice fields, engulfed entire towns, and tossed houses and cars onto highways.

The combined natural disasters did severe damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, setting off meltdowns at reactors at the facility that contaminated a large area.

Radiation levels in fish caught near the area remain high long after the meltdowns, suggesting contamination from the site might still be seeping into Pacific waters, a U.S. researcher said in October.
inachan89 7th-Dec-2012 11:52 am (UTC)
Just heard about it in the news,thanks god it seems there aren't victims,still must have been really scary...
exdream1999 7th-Dec-2012 11:55 am (UTC)
I was asleep at the time.

Earthquakes are not my ideal alarm clock suffice to say.
inachan89 7th-Dec-2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
Guess so.How's the situation now?Hope everything's allright

Edited at 2012-12-07 12:16 pm (UTC)
exdream1999 7th-Dec-2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
Like the article said, there's been no major damage, and a few people were injured, mostly just train delays and such.

exdream1999 7th-Dec-2012 11:53 am (UTC)
Woke me up from my evening nap.

That was fun.

Also, the man who was doing the coverage for NHK needed to take seriously calm down. Pratcially yelling at people to evacuate and saying things like, "Remember the Great Tohoku Earthquake" in a highly panicked voice as if it was raining fire is probably not the best way to keep people calm and all. Just saying'.

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lolufailhard 7th-Dec-2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
lmaooo I was thinking about that too... though perhaps the squids could have been foreshadowing something else more devastating, cause I'm sure they've only started surfacing since the tsunami last year and I'm sure Japan has experienced earthquakes before without them surfacing.
miriamele 7th-Dec-2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah I was thinking about the phantom squid too. Strange.
a_cheshire_grin 7th-Dec-2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
I just heard about this in the news and I felt like crying. Japan just can't catch a breath.
I hope the people, who were injured (luckily not a lot, about a dozen the news reporter said) will be okay!!
stole_away 7th-Dec-2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
:( Hope everyone is fine ;A;
lolufailhard 7th-Dec-2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
oh this was posted twice but w/e. hopefully people took proper precautions and are safe this time around although this one is considerably smaller lol
palamecian 7th-Dec-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
The frequent earthquakes in Japan is probably what hinders me from going there. I would be terrified beyond belief to live there after seeing reports of some of the more terrible quakes of the past. Does anyone remember Kobe during the 1990s? My god, that was horrendous.
pockylover24 7th-Dec-2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I've seen the documentary film with Sho. That film terrified me, but I watch it every year now for the 3/11 earthquake anniversary & end up in tears each time.
rainbow_yarn 8th-Dec-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
come to Hokuriku; we hardly get any of it, seriously
shueisha 7th-Dec-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Just heard the news. Glad to hear that there was no major damage and hope those injured recover quickly!
royu_kiyo Ganbatte!7th-Dec-2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Japan will get through this, they always do.
arashic5 Re: Ganbatte!7th-Dec-2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Marvelously the do, at rapid pace too
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