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6.9 magnitude earthquake hits Japan, short tsunami warning | Scientist




A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Saturday, prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning for Miyagi Prefecture.

The warning was subsequently raised and there were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage.

The Japan Meteorological Agency revised the volume from a preliminary reading of 7.2.

The agency warned of a tsunami of up to one meter high in Miyagi and that the first tsunami appeared to swept the beach in Ishinomaki, according to NHK.

Miyagi Prefecture ordered nearly 9,000 residents to vacate their homes. The order was later canceled.

NHK footage showed that the tsunami warning had prompted some residents in Miyagi to rush to higher ground before the tsunami could arrive.

No anomalies have been reported at nuclear power plants in the region, including the affected Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

The agency said the epicenter of the earthquake that struck the region at 6:09 pm (0909 GMT) was off Miyagi at a depth of 59 km.

The agency said it is considered one of the aftershocks of the strong 2011 earthquake that struck the same region.

Japan just celebrated the tenth anniversary of the magnitude 9 earthquake and the resulting tsunami on March 11, 2011, which left some 18,400 dead or missing.

Double natural disasters caused a triple collapse of the Fukushima plant, releasing radioactive materials into the environment. The nuclear emergency has forced hundreds of thousands of residents to flee their homes.

Just one month ago, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the northeast, killing one person and injuring about 190 others.

Japan sits at the meeting point of four tectonic plates, making it particularly vulnerable to seismic activity. The country is also home to 100 active volcanoes.

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