Japan Hit With Strong Earthquake; Small Tsunami Follows


Vibe / March 14, 2012

CBS News reports that a strong earthquake shook northern Japan on Wednesday evening, causing a small tsunami. Fortunately, no damage or injury has been reported.

Evacuation advisories were issued to residents in neighboring towns near the coast. A swelling of 10 centimeters was observed in the town of Erimo on Hokkaido island, while no major changes were reported elsewhere.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the tremor was 6.8 magnitude and forecast a tsunami of up to half-meter could hit Hokkaido island’s central and eastern Pacific coast, and Aomori and Iwate prefectures in the north of Japan’s main island.

Wednesday’s tremor was centered about 146 miles south of Kushiro, Japan, on Hokkaido island. It was a relatively shallow 6 miles below the sea surface. The quake was not felt in Tokyo, and there was no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami. We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.—Keenan Higgins