19 Aug '11, 6am

Tsunami alert lifted, no major damage reported after 6.8-magnitude quake off Fukushima

TOKYO - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted north-eastern Japan off Fukushima prefecture today at 2.36pm (1.36pm Singapore time). But no damage was reported and a 50cm tsunami advisory for the area was lifted after no waves were sighted, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Some highways were closed and high-speed bullet trains were halted after the quake, public broadcaster NHK said. The tsunami advisory was issued for the coastal areas coast off Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures that suffered severe damage from a massive quake and tsunami in March. The quake was centered 20km deep and slightly south of where a massive magnitude-9.0 temblor struck on March 11. Tokyo Electric Power Co said no abnormalities had been found at radiation monitoring posts at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and that cooling operations at the damaged ...

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