Japan's east coast rocked by strong earthquake near Miyagi, north of Fukushima

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      A major undersea earthquake struck near the Japan’s, east coast, with shaking felt across the nation’s main island of Honshu.

      The quake hit Miyagi Prefecture, located north of Fukushima, at 6:09 p.m. Tokyo time (2:09 a.m. Vancouver time) on March 20.

      The Japan Meterological Agency measured it as 7.2-magnitude while the U.S. Geological Survey reported it as 7.0-magnitude.

      At a depth of 54 kilometres (35 miles), the epicentre was located 28 kilometres (17 miles) northeast of Ishinomaki, Japan; 35 kilometres (22 miles) east of Yamoto, Japan; and 69 kilometres (43 miles) northwest of Sendai, Japan.

      A tsunami warning was issued for Miyagi and some locations evacuated but the alert was later lifted.

      The quake was reported to have been felt in Tokyo, where buildings shook, but no major damage has been reported so far.

      Today’s quake follows a 7.1-magnitude quake that struck east of Fukushima on February 13.

      In addition, this quake occurs only days after the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake (March 11) when a 9.0-magnitude megathrust earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

      The Museum of Anthropology at UBC is showing the group exhibition A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake, about that extensive disaster, until September 5.

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