A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit a wide area in eastern and northeastern Japan on Sunday, rattling buildings in Tokyo and jolting the nation still recovering from last year's quake-tsunami mega-disaster.Please bookmark!
There were no immediate reports of damage or injury and no tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck at 10:58 IST, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, as Emperor Akihito led the country's New Year celebrations by asking people to work together in rebuilding the nation from March's disaster.
There was no immediate information about abnormalities at nuclear reactors including those of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, Kyodo News agency reported. The epicentre of the quake was located near Torishima, a northwestern Pacific island about 560 kilometres south of Tokyo.
The mid-afternoon quake swayed buildings in Tokyo and surrounding areas. Meanwhile, in a New Year message, Emperor Akihito said: "Our country is now going through difficult times because of the earthquake and other factors."
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Posted by Aurelius at 9:08 PM
Terrible news has just come across the news wires, as a 7.0 earthquake has struck Japan this evening. More from the Economic Times: