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7.3-magnitude quake jolts off east coast of Honshu, Japan

English.news.cn   2012-12-07 17:17:33            

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Photo taken on Dec. 7, 2012 shows the scene of Japan's Tokyo after an earthquake. A 7.3-magnitude earthquake jolted off the east coast of Honshu of Japan, resulting in a tsunami warning for the country's northeastern coastal areas, according to Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). (Xinhua/Ma Ping)

TOKYO, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- A 7.3-magnitute earthquake jolted off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, resulting in a tsunami warning for the country's northeastern coastal areas, according to Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The quake occurred at 5:18 p.m. local time Friday (08:18:24 GMT) . The epicenter was initially determined at 37.8 degrees north latitude, 144.2 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 10 km, the JMA reported.

The tremor was followed by a 6.2-magnitute aftershock off the east coast of Honshu, at 08:31:14 GMT, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 29.20 km, was initially determined to be at 37.9387 degrees north latitude and 143.7626 degrees east longitude.

A warning for a two-meter tsunami was issued for the coast of Japan's northeastern Miyagi Prefecture. Injuries and damages are not immediately known.

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Japanese quakes not expected to affect China

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The earthquakes that occurred off Japan on Friday is likely to trigger a tsunami in the epicenter region, but it will not bring disastrous effects on Chinese coastal regions, according to China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center.

The center said it will closely monitor the follow-up to the quakes and release timely information. Full story

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