6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northeast Japan

Repost: International Business Times

By IB Times Staff Reporter | June 23, 2011 2:51 AM EDT

Early Thursday, Japan was jolted by a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in the same area where a 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March caused a destructive tsunami that claimed thousands of lives.

  • (Photo: pablogarin.com.ar) Japan Tsunami:  From devastation to hope (Before & After Photos)
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Japan Tsunami: From devastation to hope (Before & After Photos)

Japan‘s meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning, but withdrew it later. The U.S. Pacific TsunamiWarning Centre also said it doesn’t expect a massive tsunami.

The epicenter of the earthquake, which was the 75th aftershock of at least magnitude 6.0 to hit Japan since March 11, was near east coast of Honshu – the largest island in Japan.

Following is the information about the latest earthquake in Japan released by U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre:

Origin Time – 2150Z 22 JUN 2011

Coordinates – 39.9 North,  142.5 East

Depth       –   20 KM

Location   – Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan

Magnitude   – 6.7

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake rattled Japan’s northeast region. The quake, the epicenter of which was about 43 miles east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tōhoku, generated tsunami waves of up to 38.9 meters.

As of June 22, 15,477 people were killed and 7,464 persons were missing after the earthquake and the resultant tsunami, according to Japan’s National Police Agency.

In addition, the tsunami triggered radiation leaks at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant whose all 6 reactors were shut down.

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