TOKYO, APR 11 : A tsunami alert that was sounded after a magnitude-7.1 quake jolted Japan Monday evening was later lifted as the magnitude was revised to 7.0, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The quake hit the eastern and northeastern regions of Japan at 5.16 p.m. (0816 GMT) and a tsunami warning was immediately issued, Xinhua reported.
The epicentre, at a depth of 10 km, was in Hamadori of Fukushima prefecture.
Swaying was strongly felt in buildings in Tokyo, some 200 km south of Hamadori.
Two-metre-high tsunami waves were expected to hit the Pacific coast in Ibaraki prefecture, the agency said and urged people to evacuate to higher locations.
Nuclear power stations in Ibaraki prefecture were normal after the quake, the plant’s operator said.
Japan Monday marked one month of the devastating magnitude-9 quake and tsunami that left 13,116 people dead. At least 14,377 people were still unaccounted for till Monday.
The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was badly hit by the March 11 quake-tsunami Monday said the latest quake briefly cut power but it was quickly restored.
JAPAN QUAKE TOLL RISES TO 13,000
The massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan a month ago has left 13,116 people dead, while 14,377 were still unaccounted for till Monday morning, officials said.
Around 151,000 survivors were staying in 2,300 temporary shelters across the country, Xinhua reported citing the National Police Agency. The magnitude-9 earthquake hit the Pacific coastal areas of northeastern Japan March 11, triggering an enormous tsunami that also led to explosions in three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant.