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Japan quake causes minor tsunami


Published on Mar 15, 2012

A strong earthquake in northeast Japan triggered a minor tsunami yesterday. Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported that a 6.8-magnitude quake off the southeast coast of Hokkaido caused a 10cm wave to hit parts of the coast. Evacuation drills were held following warnings that a half-metre tsunami could hit coastal communities. A second 5.7-magnitude quake was later recorded at Chiba prefecture, off the east coast of Honshu Island, but no tsunami alert was issued. The two quakes occurred almost exactly a year after the devastating 11 March 2011 quake and tsunami that killed more than 19,000 people in northeast Japan.

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