Magnitude-6.9 earthquake hits Japan coast

Magnitude-6.9 earthquake hits Japan coast
File Photo: At Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, a mountain of debris about 5.5m high has been cleared to the side of the road as part of the rebuilding efforts in the areas hit by the giant waves. Iwate Prefecture has 4.8 million tonnes of debris to be removed – 11 times the annual volume of garbage it produces. The earthquake and tsunami laid waste to almost the entire stretch of the Pacific coastline of the Tohoku region. They took away at least 16,000 lives and uprooted about 430,000 people who had to move elsewhere.

A tsunami advisory was issued in Iwate Prefecture on Tuesday morning after a magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit the Pacific coast of the Tohoku area.

The earthquake struck at about 8:06 a.m. at the depth of about 10 kilometers off the Sanriku area, measuring 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Akita prefectures.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, tsunami of about 20 centimeters was observed at the Kuji Port in Iwater Prefecuture at about 9:07 a.m. and that of about 10 centimeters in Miyako in the prefecture at about 8:47 a.m.

A small tsunami of several centimeters was seen at Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture.

No major damages were reported. The tsunami advisory was lifted at 10:20 a.m.

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