BREAKING: 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Fukushima Coast, Tsunami Warning Issued

by
Owen Poindexter
In what could be anything from a harmless tremor to a horrific disaster, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan. The quake was felt from Tokyo to Northern Japan.

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A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off Fukushima Prefecture in Japan (highlighted above).

UPDATE: The earthquake has been listed as a 7.3 magnitude quake. Thankfully no damage was reported as a result.

UPDATE: The earthquake off of Fukushima Japan has been brought back up to 7.1 magnitude. Tsunami warning expanded to five prefectures. We will continue to update this story as more details come out.

In what could be anything from a harmless tremor to a horrific disaster, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan. The quake was felt from Tokyo to Northern Japan. A 3 foot (1 meter) tsunami is expected at 1:40 EST to result from the earthquake. The quake was originally reported as a 7.3 magnitude quake, but has since been downgraded to 6.8 by the US Geological Survey.

No tsunami warning exists outside of Japan. Fukushima is, of course, still recovering from the 9.0 magnitude quake in March 2011, which caused a tsunami with 30 foot waves and triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear reactor. 15,833 people died as a result of that quake. Japan has weathered large earthquakes since then with relatively little damage, but the country is always at risk for a serious earthquake.

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