Strong earthquake of magnitude 7.2 strikes Japan
Japan has once again entered the grip of a powerful earthquake, as on Wednesday noon a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the northeastern region of country. In the Miyagi prefecture the intensity was around magnitude 7 but the epicentre of the quake was recorded to have originated offshore. There was a tsunami alert on the coast, as the Geological Survey noted a small tsunami generated from the oceanic quake.
Tsunami waves generated were only 50 cms high and they were not devastating. At the mainland, there was violent shaking experienced by the people for almost three minutes. At 12.26pm local time, a tsunami 60 cms high struck the Ofunato Port in the Iwate Prefecture.
The quake generated 10 km underground and was located 160 kms east to the mainland. There are no reports of casualties or deaths in the country, nor has any sort of credible damage taken place in Tokyo or in other prefectures. The region has always been prone to earthquakes and the tremor on Wednesday was one of the biggest to have struck Japan during 2011.