M7.0 earthquake rocks the Japanese coast, generates tsunami

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M7.0 earthquake rocks the Japanese coast, generates tsunami
M7.0 earthquake rocks the Japanese coast, generates tsunami
M7.0 earthquake rocks the Japanese coast, generates tsunami

Japan was rocked 7.0-magnitude earthquake Saturday evening local time, generating a tsunami warning and reports of a one-metre wave.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the tremor struck 27 km east-northeast of Ishinomaki, Japan. The earthquake registered a depth of 54 km.

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According to the National Tsunami Warning Center, the tsunami alert is for Hachinohe, Japan and Niigata, Japan. There were local media reports of a one-metre tsunami already reaching parts of the Miyagi coast.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The March 20 earthquake occurred in the vicinity of the rupture area of the March 11, 2011 9.0-magnitude Tohoku earthquake.

Power outages were reported in Kurihara, Miyagi Prefecture, the trade and industry ministry said.

As well, NHK said service on the Tohoku shinkansen bullet train had been ceased.

"It was a really bad, long shaking from side-to-side. It was even longer than the quake last month, but at least the building here is all right," Shizue Onodera told NHK. "Lots of bottles smashed on the floor," she said. "The electricity is on."

The earthquake could be felt in Tokyo, which is about 400 km south of the epicentre.

With files from Reuters.

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