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Quake, Small Tsunami Hit Japan

A man scratches his head as he watches television showing live camera footage from Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture and an alert sign that reads,
A man scratches his head as he watches television showing live camera footage from Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture and an alert sign that reads,"Tsunami! Evacuate!" at Nagano train station, central Japan December 7, 2012
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A powerful undersea earthquake has shaken Japan's northeastern coast, triggering a small tsunami and causing buildings to sway as far away as Tokyo.


A one-meter high tsunami swept ashore Friday in Ishinomaki, in Miyagi prefecture, the same region that was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

No deaths have been reported from Friday's 7.3 magnitude quake that struck off the coast.  Japanese authorities have since lifted tsunami warnings.

​National broadcaster NHK had broken into normal programming to report on the quake and repeatedly urged coastal residents to flee to higher ground.  Thousands of people fled to safety.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant that was crippled during the 2011 quake-tsunami, reported no problems at any of its plants.

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Last year's 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed or left missing around 20,000 people and caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Number One nuclear plant in the world's worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl accident in the Soviet Union.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Friday's quake struck 36 kilometers under the Pacific, 245 kilometers southeast of Kamaishi, Japan.

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by: venze from: Malaysia
December 07, 2012 8:17 PM

This 7.3 magnitude earthquake seems relatively harmless. But it originates from the same region as the horrible 9.0 quake in March 2011. And that does mean something.
Just be more prepared for a much worse occurrence.
(vzc1943)

by: Lara
December 07, 2012 11:01 AM
God bless you Japan!

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
December 07, 2012 6:48 AM
Yes, we were shaken not a little just a few hours ago in northern part of Japan. Yes, NHK broke off regular programming to warnings against tsunami. Yet luckily it is not reported any tolls until now . I'm immpressed by the earliness and preciseness of the news on VOA!!

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