7.3 earthquake hits Japanese coast


Sydney Morning Herald
July 10, 2011

A SMALL tsunami reached the Pacific coast of northern Japan yesterday after a strong quake hit the region heavily damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The port towns of Soma and Ofunato experienced 10-centimetre tsunami waves triggered by the 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck off the main island of Honshu at 11.44am AEST, the agency said.

Communities along the Pacific coast issued warnings and advisories for local residents to seek higher ground, but no damage had been reported shortly after the tsunami and quake, which was strong enough to sway skyscrapers in Tokyo, about 400 kilometres from the epicentre.

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