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Tsunami warning lifted after Japan quake

Tokyo, Fri, 19 Aug 2011 ANI

Tokyo, Aug.19 (ANI): A tsunami advisory that was issued after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit off Japan's northeast coast this afternoon has been lifted.


According to a report, the tremor struck at a depth of 20 kilometer off the Fukushima coast at 3.36 p.m. (AEST).


The Japanese Meteorological Agency said that the quake swayed buildings in Tokyo and caused waves of up to 50 centimeters to lash areas along the coast, including where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is situated.


Authorities confirmed the waves were likely to be limited to 50 centimeters, compared with the more than 30 meter tsunami that struck some areas after an earthquake struck the region on March 11.


The tsunami advisory was lifted less than an hour after it was issued.


Kyodo news agency reported that no abnormalities were reported at the Fukushima plant and the Onagawa nuclear plant in nearby Miyagi following today's quake. There were no immediate reports of damage.


On March 11, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami left more than 20,000 dead and triggered an atomic crisis at the Fukushima nuclear facility. (ANI)


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