Strong Quake, Tsunami Warning In Japan
August 19, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
TOKYO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A strong earthquake Friday shook northeast Japan and a tsunami warning was issued for the region, already devastated by the March 11 disaster.
Kyodo News said the quake measured 6.8 which led meteorologists to issue a tsunami warning.
CNN said the Japanese Meteorological Agency had issued tsunami advisories for Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures after a 6.5-magnitude quake off Honshu, Japan’s main island where Tokyo is located.
The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.5 magnitude and said it struck at a depth of 24.3 miles near the east coast of Honshu, 61 miles southeast of Sendai and 175 miles northeast of Tokyo.
The March 11 earthquake measured 9-magnitude in the same region and was followed by a monstrous tsunami that devastated vast areas, killed or left missing thousands of people, inflicted economic damage on Japan running into the multibillion dollars, and triggered a radiation-emitting nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the Fukushima Prefecture, which is yet to be fully contained.