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Wednesday, 12th December 2012
In Weather In Japan,

Japanese earthquake stronger than first thought

The earthquake that shook the Kanto and Tohoku regions of Japan on Friday (December 12th) was stronger than initial readings indicated.

The scale of the quake has been revised by the Japan Meteorological Agency from 7.3 to 7.4.

While there were initially fears that the earthquake could trigger a tsunami similar to the devastating 9.0 quake that struck in March 2011, thankfully these proved unfounded.

The quake did cause a minor tsunami in Ishinomaki, although the wave from this natural occurrence was just one metre high.

No doubt residents living near the quake would have been pleased to hear the meteorological agency calling the tsunami warning off two hours after the earthquake occurred.

Initial police reports showed that five people were injured in the event, although no fatalities were reported.

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami that took place in March 2011 killed close to 20,000 people and created a nuclear crisis when the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant was brought down by the incident.

Written by Graham McPherson