Japan was rocked by another strong earthquake on Friday, which measured at a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, activated a tsunami warning and sent people diving for cover.
The quake struck the Pacific seabed not far from the epicentre of the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster that killed more than 20,000 people and caused the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago. Sirens again wailed along the devastated northeast coast, where people have been terrified by a number of aftershocks over the more than five months, and the quake also caused buildings to sway across Tokyo.
According to a preliminary report of the meteorological agency, “The tremor struck at a depth of 20 kilometres (12 miles) off the Pacific coast, 80 kilometres southeast of Miyagi prefecture, at 2.36pm, The agency issued a 50-centimetre tsunami warning but called it off after only very small waves were seen lapping at the coast.”
The operator of the crippled plant Fukushima nuclear energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company TEPCO, quickly stated that there were no reports of new damage or malformations in the last TEPCO spokesman Ai Tanaka told the AFP news agency that rescue workers were briefly evacuated, but that there was “no anomalies in our operations in the cooling system. radiation Measurement showed no abnormal change not.”
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no danger of a widespread destructive tsunami across the Pacific Ocean.
Were killed in the coastal town of Ishinomaki, where over 4000 people in the tsunami sirens wailed March 11, buildings shook strongly and some office workers emerged to cover under their desks.