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Tsunami alert lifted after 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan coast

No major damage or injuries reported so far, while no additional problems are reported at nuclear facilities.

The earthquake struck 207miles north of Tokyo
The earthquake struck 207miles north of Tokyo

UPDATE 16.55pm Japanese broadcaster NHK confirms that the Tsunami alert has been lifted for all coastal areas of Japan

UPDATE 16.45pm Quake revised from 7.4 magnitude to 7.1

UPDATE 16.39pm Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre confirms that there is “no Pacific-wide tsunami threat”. However it has noted that quakes of that strength can cause waves that are destructive locally.

UPDATE 16.37pm Onagawa nuclear power plant, which was already offline after the previous earthquake, has lost two of its three power lines

UPDATE 16.18pm Associated Press reports that officials at Fukushima’s Tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant say there is no sign of new problems after the aftershock

JAPAN HAS BEEN rattled by a strong aftershock and tsunami warning nearly a month after the northeastern coast was ravaged by a devastating earthquake and wave.

A Tsunami warning of up to two meters has been issued for a coastal area already struck by last month’s deluge.

Today’s quake measured 7.1 and hit 30 miles under the water off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. Last month’s earthquake was a 9.0 magnitude. It’s believed to have killed some 25,000 people and has sparked an ongoing at a nuclear power plant at Fukushima. Today’s quake struck 90 miles from there.

Buildings as far away as Tokyo shook for about a minute while in Ichinoseki, inland from Japan’s eastern coast, buildings shook violently and the power was cut.

The quake struck about 207 miles from Tokyo.

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A Pacific Tsunami Warning Center evaluation of the quake said an oceanwide tsunami was not expected.

-AP

Watch video of the moment the quake struck>

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