Several injured, no major damage reported

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 7:33 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Several people along Japan's northeastern coast are reported injured after a strong earthquake hit the same Japanese coast that was devastated by last year's massive quake and tsunami.

The quake generated small waves, but there are no reports of heavy damage.

Buildings in Tokyo and elsewhere swayed for several minutes.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3. The epicenter was 150 miles offshore, and more than six miles below the seabed.

The agency says there have been repeated, smaller aftershocks.

After the quake, authorities warned that a tsunami as high as six feet could hit, and people ran for higher ground. But the tsunami warning has been canceled.

Japan has barely begun to rebuild from last year's magnitude-9.0 quake, which triggered a tsunami that ravaged dozens of coastal communities.

%@AP Links

130-a-09-(Unidentified Japanese broadcaster, on NHK TV)-"ground right away"-A Japanese television broadcaster tells viewers that a tsunami warning was issued after the earthquake. COURTESY: NHK World ((mandatory on-air credit)) (7 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *130 (12/07/12)>> 00:09 "ground right away"

063-a-09-(Jana Pursley, geophysisist, U.S. Geological Survey, in AP interview)-"of the earthquake"-U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Jana Pursley says the quake struck off the coast. (7 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *063 (12/07/12)>> 00:09 "of the earthquake"

031-c-08-(Elaine Kurtenbach (KUHR'-tuhn-bahk), AP correspondent)-"much weaker quake"-AP correspondent Elain Kurtenbach reports buildings swayed in Tokyo from the quake, but there hasn't been much damage reported. (7 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *031 (12/07/12)>> 00:08 "much weaker quake"

APPHOTO TOK809: People crowd at Sendai railway station in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 after trains were halted following a strong earthquake that struck off the coast of northeastern Japan. It is the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, FRANCE, HONG KONG, JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA (7 Dec 2012)

<<APPHOTO TOK809 (12/07/12)>>

APPHOTO TOK808: Tsunami evacuees watch TV news flashing a tsunami warning at their shelter Takata Junior High School that stands on a higher ground in Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 after a strong earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan. It is the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, FRANCE, HONG KONG, JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA (7 Dec 2012)

<<APPHOTO TOK808 (12/07/12)>>

APPHOTO TOK806: High school girls and other customers react at a donut parlor in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 as a strong earthquake strikes off the coast of northeastern Japan. It is the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, FRANCE, HONG KONG, JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA (7 Dec 2012)

<<APPHOTO TOK806 (12/07/12)>>

Print
Email
|