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A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Japan.

Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics

Moments ago, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck the North Pacific Ocean, 89 km southeast of Sendai, Honshu-miyagi-ken, Japan at a depth of 63.1km. This earthquake occured minutes after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck near east coast of Honshu, Japan.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be changed again later on as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their own reports, but it is unlikely.

The earthquake was felt as a moderate to strong shaking in Watari (pop. 36,300) located 83 km from the epicenter, Iwanuma (pop. 42,400) 86 km away, Kakuda (pop. 33,200) 87 km away, Ishinomaki (pop. 117,200) 87 km away, Schiogama (pop. 59,500) 90 km away, Rifu (pop. 35,000) 95 km away, and Sendai (pop. 1,063,100) 96 km away.

Update: A tsunami warning has been issued. Two million homes in Fukushima and Miyagi lost power. Tsunami waves of one metre are expected to hit in the northeastern coast

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