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Another quake and tsunami for Japan

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:38 AM
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Tsunami alert lifted after fresh Japan quake

No damages reported after 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Japan already reeling from disasters earlier this month.
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2011 23:12
 Japan is still grappling with recovery efforts after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit northeast Japan [EPA]

Japan has lifted a tsunami warning issued after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit its eastern coast.

The Japan Meteorological Agency had earlier on Monday announced that a tsunami of up to a half metre may wash into Miyagi Prefecture.

According to the the US Geological Survey, the quake struck at 7:23am Japan time (2223 GMT Sunday) near the east coast of Honshu.

The USGS said the quake was 5.9km deep.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay, reporting from the town of Yamagata, said that Monday's quake was one of the stronger aftershocks since the tragic earthquake of March 11.

"We are about 100km from the coastline where the earthquake hit, and it was strong here as well and was felt even in Tokyo.

"There is no panic here ... and people have been evacuated from towns close to the destruction ... there have been a number of tsunami warnings since and people are getting used to them," he said.

Twin disasters

The magnitude 9.0 quake off Japan''s northeast coast on March 11 triggered a massive tsunami that decimated cities and towns and killed an estimated 18,000 people.

The disasters also prompted a nuclear crisis after nuclear facilities were damaged. The nuclear crisis has overshadowed the big relief and recovery effort under way.

Authorities are currently battling to repair the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, 240km north of Tokyo. The plant's cooling functions have been damaged and is leaking radiation. 

On Sunday, the operator of the plant reported that levels of radiation at the complex was 10 million times higher than normal, but later retracted the claim as a mistake.

The inaccurate reading had forced emergency workers to flee from the complex's Unit 2 reactor.

"The number is not credible," Takashi Kurita, spokesman of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said. "We are very sorry."


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