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Japan braces for more aftershocks of giant 2011 quake

Published on Jul 12, 2014 11:31 AM
 
Japan Meteorological Agency officer Yasuhiro Yoshida speaks during a press conference in Tokyo on July 12, 2014, after a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the country's Pacific coast. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear site early Saturday was an aftershock of the tremor that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami, and warned of more to come.

The strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of north-eastern Japan caused a minor tsunami in the early hours, though authorities lifted all weather warnings roughly two hours later.

Seismologist Yasuhiro Yoshida of the Japan Meteorological Agency said it was a delayed tectonic reaction to the 9.0-magnitude quake which left the Fukushima nuclear power plant in a meltdown crisis after the coast was ravaged by monster tidal waves in March 2011.

"There are fears that relatively large earthquakes will occasionally occur in the ocean area where aftershocks of the great earthquake continue," he said. "The aftershock activity has been steadily declining on a long-term basis. But aftershocks, accompanied by tsunamis, will still occur."

 
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