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Small tsunami hits Japan after 6.8 quake

2012-03-14 13:10

Tokyo - A minor tsunami hit Japan's northeastern coastline on Wednesday, NHK television reported, after a strong earthquake rocked the region nearly a year on from Japan's worst post-war natural disaster.

The 10cm wave and 6.8 magnitude quake, which struck about 210km off the northern island of Hokkaido, prompted local authorities to issue an evacuation warning for coastal residents.

Japan's meteorological agency had initially said the tsunami could be as high as 50cm, but US monitors said there was no Pacific-wide tsunami threat.

The warning comes after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a monster tsunami on March 11 last year that killed more than 19 000 people and crippled Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, sparking the world's worst atomic accident in a generation.

There were no reports of damage at nuclear facilities in the area affected by Wednesday's 6.8 quake, the Kyodo news agency said.

Memories

The meteorological agency also warned the tsunami could reach the Kuril islands, off Hokkaido, which Russia has controlled since Japan's surrender at the end of World War II.

On Sunday, Japan fell silent to remember last year's tragedy with tearful families gathering in towns and villages across the country's shattered northeast to remember those they lost as the towering waves smashed ashore.

Tens of thousands were forced to evacuate from a 20km exclusion zone immediately around the Fukushima plant, while many families with small children moved away from the prefecture completely.

On Sunday's anniversary, thousands protested against nuclear power in demonstrations held across the world.

Japan has temporarily shut most of its 54 commercial nuclear reactors.

Comments
  • Kobus - 2012-03-14 13:20

    WOW a 10cm wave tsunami!

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-14 13:44

      There is a difference in a normal wind propelled wave and a wave caused by water displacement(tsunami). The mass of water is much larger and spreads more than a normal wave.

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-14 13:44

      There is a difference in a normal wind propelled wave and a wave caused by water displacement(tsunami). The mass of water is much larger and spreads more than a normal wave.

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-03-14 13:30

    Maybe I'm a bit dense here......but you can't even surf in 10cms?

  • Gofuq - 2012-03-14 15:21

    i make bigger waves when i take a dump.

  • Patsy - 2012-03-14 15:47

    'the worst atomic incident in a generation'?????? For how many generations have we had atomic power, for heavens' sake.

      Jahinata - 2012-03-14 15:57

      well the first accident was in the 60's according to wikipedia...so since most sources put a generation at about 20 years I would say for about 3 generations?

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