Japan Earthquake, April 7, 2011: 7.4 magnitude new earthquake hits off Japan, tsunami warning issued

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Japan was hit by another earthquake on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 11:32 PM.

The Japan Meteorological Agency measured the new earthquake 7.4 magnitude but the U.S. Geological Survey downgraded it to 7.1.

The April 7 earthquake's epicenter was near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, the same location as the 9.0 magnitude quake last March 11, 2011.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning following the quake which said,

NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA. HOWEVER - EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.


However, minutes later, they cancelled the tsunami warning and stressed that there's no threat of a destructive pacific-wide tsunami.

"BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. REPEAT. A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII."


Two people were killed, over 90 injured, according to Japan broadcaster NHK World.

Watch a video report from NHK World:


Less than 2 hours before the said earthquake in Japan, North American country Mexico was also hit by a strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake.

The April 7 earthquake in Japan was already the strongest in the world since the March 11 quake that happened in the same country. And it all happened in less than a month.

Let's continue to include Japan and its people in our prayers.


Video upload courtesy of RussiaToday


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