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7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan



(Map: USGS)

Tokyo—(ENEWSPF)—April 7, 2011. The Japan Meteorological Agency has reported that a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Japan shortly after 11:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET).

The United States Geological Survey issued a preliminary report of a 7.1 magnitude off the coast of Honshu, Japan, today. Previous reports of a 7.4 magnitude earthquake by the USGS have been amended.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 41 miles (66 kilometers) from Sendai, one of the worst hit areas by last month’s 9.0-magnitude quake, and 73 miles (118 kilometers) from Fukushima, where the nuclear plant is located that has been under repair since last month’s tsunami.

The quake occurred at 9:32:41 a.m. CDT, according to the report.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake as 7.1 magnitude.

According to the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), workers were evacuated from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following the quake.  There have been no immediate reports of damage, according to TEPCO representatives.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said based on all available data, “a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is not a tsunami threat to Hawaii.”

Sources: usga.gov and CNN


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