Offshore earthquake jolts northeastern coast of Japan
17 February 2015, Nirapad News: A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan early Tuesday, triggering minor tsunamis but no reports of major damage or injuries.
The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted a tsunami advisory two hours after it was issued following the quake, which hit at 8 a.m. Japan time (2300 GMT).
The quake hit at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles), Japanese broadcaster NHK said. It shook much of northeast Japan and could be felt in Tokyo, 690 kilometers (430 miles) away. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no reported problems or irregularities at the nuclear plants. East Japan Railway Co. briefly halted Tohoku Shinkansen bullet trains between Furukawa Station in Miyagi and Shin-Aomori Station in Aomori amid a power failure.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued an advisory for a possible 1-meter (3-foot) tsunami along the coast of Iwate prefecture.
The report also said small tsunamis of about 10 centimeters (3.94 inches) were recorded about 45 minutes later. It warned people to stay away from the shore. Several smaller aftershocks were also reported in the area.
The earthquake struck the same region that was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, killing more than 18,000 people.
Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas. The nation accounts for about 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.