Breaking news: Major earthquake hit Honshu, Japan again

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The US Geological Survey reported a 7.0 earthquake at 9:57 am Japan time on Sunday morning.

The epicenter of the quake was in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan’s main island, Honshu.

12 km (131 miles) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
239 km (148 miles) ENE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
250 km (155 miles) E of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
409 km (254 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan

The Pacific Tsunami Warning center issued an alert. It reads as follows.

This bulletin is issued as advice to government agencies. Only national and local government agencies have the authority to make decisions regarding the offical stay of alert in their area and any action to be taken in respond.

An earthquake has occcured within these prelimanary parameters reported by the Japan Meterological agency:

ORIGIN TIME – 0057Z 10 JUL 2011
COORDINATES – 38.0 NORTH 143.5 EAST
DEPTH – 10 KM
LOCATION – OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN
MAGNITUDE – 7.1

EVALUATION

No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquakes 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.

A warning of a possible tsunami was issued for most of the northeastern coastline.

The epicenter of the quake was in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan’s main island, Honshu.

Japan’s northeast coastline was devastasted by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that left nearly 23,000 dead or missing and touched off a nuclear crisis at a badly-damaged facility in Fukushima.