A 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Miyagi in northeastern Japan a little after 10:30 am ET. The quake was centered 41 miles (66km ) from Sendai — one of the areas worst hit by last month’s 9.0-magnitude quake — and 73 miles (118 km) from Fukushima. The quake was centered 207 miles (333 km) from Tokyo, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was 15.9 miles (25.6 km) deep. At 11:30 am, CNN TV reported the first waves of a tsunami have hit the coast.
VOA: A powerful earthquake has hit just off the northeast coast of Japan, sparking a new tsunami alert. Japan’s NHK television on Thursday immediately warned residents in the area to move to higher ground. NHK said the tsunami could hit the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake registered 7.4 magnitude on the Richter scale.
CNN: Workers evacuated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following the quake, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. Tokyo Electric said it has communication with the plant and the power is still on. There were no immediate reports of damage, it said. The quake’s epicenter was off the coast of Miyagi in northeastern Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 41 miles (66 kilomemeters) from Sendai — one of the areas worst hit by last month’s 9.0-magnitude quake — and 73 miles (118 kilometers) from Fukushima, where a crisis has been under way at the nuclear plant since last month’s tsunami.
The quake was centered 207 miles (333 kilometers) from Tokyo, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was 15.9 miles (25.6 kilometers) deep, the agency reported. It took place shortly after 11:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET).
CNN TV reported that the first waves have begun to hit the coast. (11:30 am ET)
12:10 pm ET. The Onagawa Nuclear Plant, near the epicenter of today’s earthquake, was previously damaged by the March 11th quake and tsunami. By March 13, radiation levels were 700 times above normal. (RT)
Here is a map of Japan’s nuclear plants (click for large size):
BreakingNews.com NISA says Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi lost 2 of 3 external power systems following M7.4 quake.
2 pm ET. Al Jazeera TV reports the “tsunami” alert has been lifted after a wave of 3 feet hit the shore .