Massive earthquake strikes near Japan


Originally Published by EarthSky- A powerful earthquake struck Saturday morning (local time) off Japan’s east coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS is placing the magnitude of the quake at 7.3 at this time. No Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued, but a 3-foot (3-meter) tsunami warning from Japan’s Meteorological Agency includes included a stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast, including the crippled Fukushima nuclear site. Later, Japanese television reported that the tsunami height was smaller, reaching only 1 foot (30 centimeters).

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