Magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Japan


23.06.11.Na northeast of the island of Honshu on Thursday at 06.51 local time (01.51 Moscow time) there was a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.7. The National Meteorological Administration announced a tsunami threat, the data on the destruction specified.

The epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Iwate Prefecture, his focus lies at a depth of about 20 kilometers beneath the ocean floor. The most powerful tremors have been recorded in the prefectures of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, in whose territory the emergency plant "Fukushima-1". In the same area are a number of other nuclear facilities, the information on how to affect ground motion on their technical condition, not yet reported.

At the same time, the authorities Iwate Prefecture ordered the evacuation of a number of coastal towns. Local residents advised to stay away from potentially hazardous areas. Meteorologists believe that the height of the tsunami waves off the coast of Iwate Prefecture can reach 50 cm, but at the same time warned of the possibility of strengthening it.

This zone also included earthquake in Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido and the Kanto region on Honshu, including Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, ITAR-TASS reported.

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