Once again, the Meteorological Authority issued a tsunami alert. Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least three places along the coast of Miyagi. Some residents immediately fled to the hills. In some stores, items fell off the shelves. The evacuation orders for 11,000 residents were lifted again in the evening.
The epicenter was reported 59 kilometers south of Miyagi prefecture. It was relatively close to the epicenter of the mid-February earthquake. The worst-hit areas were Miyagi and Fukushima prefecture, which recorded 7.3 magnitude. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
Meanwhile, the National Meteorological Authority has warned of a similar event in the coming days. The island nation of Japan is one of the most seismically active in the world. Four tectonic plates are found in its vicinity, Pacific, North American, Eurasian and Filipino plates. This causes repeated earthquakes.
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