Series of earthquakes hit northeast Japan; 6.8 quake triggers small tsunami, prompts some local evacuation alerts

At least two earthquakes shook Tokyo and northeast Japan today. The largest measured 6.8 on the Richter scale, although at least two news outlets reported that it was a 6.9.

Here’s the latest from the Detroit Free Press:

A series of earthquakes rattled Tokyo and northeastern Japan on Wednesday evening but caused no apparent damage or injury in the same region hit by last year’s devastating tsunami.

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake first struck the southern coast of Hokkaido island in the evening, causing a small tsunami. Tsunami advisories were issued along the northern Pacific coast, prompting some communities to advise residents to evacuate coastal homes.

A swelling of 20 centimeters (8 inches) was observed in water at the port of Hachinohe in Aomori about an hour after the tremor, with smaller changes reported elsewhere. The agency lifted all tsunami advisories within about 90 minutes.

The 6.8 quake was followed by a 6.1 in another location:

Within about three hours, a magnitude-6.1 quake shook buildings in the capital. It was centered just off the coast of Chiba, east of Tokyo, at a rather shallow 15 kilometers (9 miles) below the sea surface.

Narita International Airport briefly closed runways for inspection but later resumed operation. Several local train services were suspended for safety checks.

Here’s a link: http://www.freep.com/article/20120314/NEWS07/120314004/earthquake-northern-Japan?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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