Richter Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Shakes Northern Japan, Highly Probable Tsunami to Follow (Updated)

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A strong earthquake of Richter magnitude 6.8 shook the northern parts of Japan (mainly the island of Hokkaido and its northern Pacific shore, Aomori and Iwate Prefectures). The event occurred this Wednesday evening ( early Wednesday in some countries). The evacuation of citizens in the region is advised since a tsunami of about 50cm or 19.68 inches is very probable according to the forecast after the quake.

The forecast is also a result of the 10cm (3.93 inches) swelling of the oceanic waters near the northern coast of Japan.

The epicentre was around 325 km (146 miles) south of Kushiro (Hokkaido).

UPDATE: According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, a magnitude 6.1 quake has also been registered near the coast of Chiba, east of Tokyo. Its epicentre has been with the shallow depth of  10km (around 6 miles) below the sea surface.

Shinigami-sama will keep his eye on the news and will update this post as quickly as possible with new information. However, it is possible that this will be a unique event and won’t be followed by hardships. I do hope for this with all my little heart.

Source: AFP though Channel 5 News

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