7.3 Earthquake Hits Near Fukushima Off Honshu Coast, Tsunami Advisory Issued

October 25, 2013 in News by The Manimal

Source: The Epoch Times

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Honshu, Japan on Saturday morning, and a tsunami advisory has been issued for the Fukushima coast.

The earthquake was “felt from Hokkaido in the north all the way to Kyushu in the south,” reported Mark Willacy, the north Asia correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It was really strong in Tokyo,” said Zach, an expat, via Twitter. “Shook my building wildly.”

“My whole house is shaking,” said Mari Saito, a Reuters correspondent that reports on Fukushima, also via Twitter.

An advisory has been issued for the Fukushima prefecture by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

“Marine threat is in place. Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately,” it said. “As the strong current will continue, do not get in the sea or approach coasts until the advisory is cleared.”

At the same time, it said “Though there may be slight sea-level change in coastal regions, no tsunami damage is expected.” The tsunami is estimated to be .2 to 1 meter high (up to about 3.2 feet).

The quake hit 10 kilometers deep (6.2 miles). The quake hit off the east coast of Honshu.

It is 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale; the Japan scale has it at 6.8 magnitude.

The quake hit 202 miles east/southeast of Ishinomaki; 203 miles east of Namie; and 295 miles east/northeast of Tokyo, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

The time in Japan is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

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