Buildings shake as quake hits Japan, no damage reported

Photo illustration of a seismic chart. Japan issued a tsunami warning Wednesday after a major 7.2-magnitude quake struck 160 kilometres (100 miles) east off the main Honshu island at 0245 GMT, swaying buildings in the capital Tokyo. (AFP/Illustration/Sam Yeh)

JAPAN, Mar 9, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / REUTERS ) – A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 hit off the coast of northeastern Japan on Wednesday, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.

As reported by Reuters on Wednesday, a tsunami warning of up to 50 cm was issued for northeastern Japan, public broadcaster NHK reported. Buildings shook in Tokyo but no damage was immediately reported.

The focus of the tremor was 10 km (6 miles) below the surface of the earth, off the coast of Aomori prefecture, NHK said.

Tohoku Electric Power said its Onagawa nuclear plant was operating normally after the quake. Tokyo Electric Power also said there was no impact on its power plants in the region.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20 percent of the world’s   earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.  (*)

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