December 7th, 2012
04:07 AM ET

Major quake strikes off Japan, raising risk of tsunami

A powerful earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday evening, rattling buildings in Tokyo and raising the risk of a tsunami.

The 7.3-magnitude quake hit 492 kilometers (306 miles) east-northeast of Tokyo, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned a tsunami as high as two meters could hit the country's northeast coast following the quake, which struck out at sea.

The agency issued the warning for Miyagi Prefecture, the hardest hit area by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck in March 2011.

But the quake Friday hasn't created a widespread threat of a tsunami in the Pacific, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. TvNyC

    Hope everybody is ok.

    December 7, 2012 at 5:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Divya

    Hope it doesn't strick again

    December 7, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Name

    lol, nice.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Hide Behindp

    With the old destroyed nuke site still emitting radiation into air and sea; What's to worry about its only a 6 foot tsunami?

    December 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. r carroll sr

    What about planetary alignment?

    December 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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