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6.5 Earthquake In Already Devastated Japan, Tsunami Warning Issued

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This aerial view shows the damage from the deadly March 11 tsunami.

A 6.5 earthquake occurred on Monday in the northeastern part of Japan.  The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a tsunami alert has been issued for Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency announced that a tsunami of may once again threaten the country and wash up onto Miyagi Prefecture.

The extent of the damage and/or injuries has yet to be determined.

The earthquake was located near the epicenter where the 9.0-magnitude March 11 earthquake and a deadly tsunami struck. That tragedy killed over 18,000 people and instigated a nuclear emergency at the power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

This latest earthquake struck Monday at 7:23 a.m. about 70 miles east of Sendai at a depth of 3.7 miles.

According to the Huffington Post, the tsunami is not expected to impact the United States and is expected to be small:

The tsunami alert was localized to Japan. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no wave was expected in Hawaii or on the U.S. west coast.

The alert was prompted by a quake that the U.S. Geological Survey measured at 7:23 a.m. Monday Japan time (2223 GMT Sunday) near the east coast of Honshu.

The already ravaged county is still working furiously to fix the Fukushima power plant, where the levels are currently 1,85o times above normal.

Image: Wikipedia

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