09 Mar '11, 3am

Japan issues tsunami warning after 7.2 quake

TOKYO: Japan issued a tsunami warning on Wednesday after a major 7.2-magnitude quake struck 160 kilometres east off the main Honshu island at 0245 GMT, swaying buildings in the capital Tokyo. There were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage. The tremor struck 10 kilometres below the sea floor, said the Japan Meteorological Agency, which issued a tsunami warning for Honshu's Pacific coast, warning of waves 50 centimetres high. The agency said it expected no major tsunami damage, Kyodo News reported. Nuclear power operators Tokyo Electric and Tohoku Electric reported their atomic plants in Aomori, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were not damaged. Some shinkansen bullet trains in the region automatically stopped when the quake hit but then resumed services, railway operators said. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre was 430 kilometres northeast of Tokyo.

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