Japan lifts tsunami warning

JAPAN has lifted a tsunami warning after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off its northeast coast, the weather agency says.

The Japan Meteorological Agency had earlier issued a 50-centimetre tsunami warning for the Pacific coast of Miyagi prefecture, which was devastated by the huge earthquake and tsunami that hit on March 11.

The US Geological Survey had earlier alerted a 6.5-magnitude earthquake but then downgraded its strength. The epicentre was at a depth of 17 kilometres, it added.

Japan's weather agency said that the quake was likely an aftershock of the massive tremor more than two weeks ago, and warned of more to come.

New Tsunami warning issued

THE Japan Meteorological Agency has released a tsunami warning for Myagi Prefecture in North Eastern Japan. 

The tsunami is expected to be half a meter high and follows a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit off the east coast earlier today. 

Myagi Prefecture sits to the north of the plagued nuclear reactor at Fukushima and shares the same coastline.

No warnings have yet been issued for Fukushima and there have been no reports of additional threats to the Fukushima Daiichi reactor.  {% load photogalleries %}{% photogallery_inline gallery=6081 align=outside embed=no %}{% load video %}{% video_inline 8939 normal %}

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