Japan Earthquake : Earthquake Rocks Japan, Again

Japan Earthquake
Japan Earthquake in March (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Japan Earthquake in March (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Yet another powerful earthquake rocked Japan’s northeast coast Sunday.

The earthquake follows a March quake that wreaked havoc on the region and left over 20,000 dead and missing.

The quake hit Japan’s northeastern coast at around 10 a.m. local time .The U.S. Geological Survey estimated a 7.0 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10 kilometers. Japan’s Meteorological agency increased the magnitude to a 7.3 magnitude and the depth to 30 kilometers.

The earthquake caused a tsunami warning. Officials urged residents to stay away from the coast and prepare for possible dangerous waves. Japanese officials reportedly predicted the quake could generate tsunami of up to 20 inches. The tsunami warning was later lifted.

According to Reuters, there was no sign of further damage along the coast or to the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Associated Press reported that Officials said there were no reports of abnormalities at the Fukushima plant caused by Sunday’s quake, though workers were instructed to move to high ground.

Sunday’s earthquake follows a devastating March earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the same region and left over 20,000 people dead and missing.

Pictures of the March Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan

The massive 9.0 earthquake hit March 11th and wreaked havoc on the region including shaking up Japanese nuclear plants and causing cooling system failures and radiation leaks. Thousands had to evacuate the area as plant workers battled to stop the nuclear plants from causing even more damage to the region.

The earthquake’s subsequent tsunami was felt around the world, leading to evacuations of dozens of places including the Philippines and Hawaii. The United States West Coast of Crescent City, California even felt the wrath of the tsunami hours later where dozens of boats were destroyed.

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