M7.3 quake hits northeastern Japan

2012-12-07 09:53:21 GMT2012-12-07 17:53:21(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 jolted northeastern and eastern Japan on Friday, with a 1-meter-high tsunami reaching Ishinomaki, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The 5:18 p.m. quake measured lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Iwate, Miyagi, Aomori, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, the agency said.

The tsunami reached Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, at 6:02 p.m. after the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for wide areas along the Pacific coast.

Marine Forecast: Japan’s earthquake will not influence China

China National Marine Forecast Station said Friday that Japan’s earthquake and the tsunami that possibly ensues in the vicinity of epicenter will not spell disaster for Chinese coastal areas, following a powerful 7.3-magnitude undersea earthquake struck Japan’s northeast area at 16: 18 this afternoon.

At 18:20, Japan Meteorological Agency cleared the alert for a possible tsunami.

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