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Tsunami hits northeast Japan after 7.3-magnitude quake

Published on Dec 7, 2012 5:30 PM
 
A strong earthquake centred off the coast of northeastern Japan shook buildings as far as Tokyo and led to a tsunami warning for coastal areas of the northeast, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday. -- PHOTO: JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY

TOKYO (AFP) - A one metre-high tsunami hit northeast Japan on Friday, after a powerful undersea quake struck off the coast which was devastated in last year's quake-tsunami disaster.

Meteorologists said the wave swept ashore at just after 5 pm Singapore time in Ishinomaki, a city badly hit by the 2011 tsunami that wrecked a large swathe of the northeast coast, killing thousands.

There were no immediate reports of any fatalities after the 7.3-magnitude quake that was followed by a 6.2 aftershock, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Residents of at least one town, Minamisanriku in Miyagi prefecture, were advised to get to safety, with reports suggesting other towns were also affected.

 
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