New 7.4 Mag Earthquake Hits Japan Thursday

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Japan was hit by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake that hit 25 miles (40 kilometers) under the water off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. The quake that preceded last month’s tsunami was a 9.0-magnitude.

A strong aftershock and tsunami warning followed Thursday night nearly a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast. Hundreds of aftershocks have been reported, since March 11, but few have been as strong as 7.0 magnitude.

Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 14:32:41 UTC
Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 11:32:41 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

38.253°N, 141.640°E

Depth
25.6 km (15.9 miles)

Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
66 km (41 miles) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
114 km (70 miles) E of Yamagata, Honshu, Japan
116 km (72 miles) ENE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
330 km (205 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan

The Japan meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for a wave of up to one meter. The warning was issued for a coastal area already destroyed by the great tsunami in March. No tsunami warning has been issued for the United States.

Buildings in Tokyo, 205 miles from the epicenter, shook for about a minute.


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U.S. Geological Survey gave the preliminary magnitude as 7.4 that struck just off the eastern coast 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Sendai and 90 miles (140 kilometers) from Fukushima. The earthquake was about 215 miles (345 kilometers) from Tokyo.

Earthquakes in shallower water tend to be more destructive.

Also, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck in the region of Veracruz, Mexico at 8:11 a.m. Central Daylight Time.

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