Japan Hit By Small Tsunami After 7.3 Earthquake

Dashiell Bennett
The Atlantic Wire
Japan Hit By Small Tsunami After 7.3 Earthquake

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan's largest island on Friday, sending a rush of water toward the shores and trigging tsunami warnings across the nation. Tremors shook buildings in Tokyo more than 150 miles away and temporarily shut down train service in many areas, but there was no immediate reports of major damage. Waves around one-meter high did strike the Miyagi Prefecutre, the site of Fukishima nuclear power plant that was devastated by the 2011 tsunami. Workers at the plant were ordered to seek shelter, but no evacuations were ordered and the warnings were lifted shortly after. Several large aftershocks, in the range of 4-to-6 magnitude were also recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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The shaking from the earthquake was caught on camera in several locations including the Fukishima plant itself. You can check out some fo the images below.

Video: Man nearly knocked off feet in retail store as quake strikes Japan youtube.com/watch?v=BdayQJ…

— Jon Passantino (@passantino) December 7, 2012

New video: 7.3-mag earthquake shakes Kyodo newsroom in Japan youtube.com/watch?v=sIH3us…

— Jon Passantino (@passantino) December 7, 2012

Im being told I was calm seconds after the quake while on air, inside though my heart was bouncing out of my chest. Wow, Live TV...

— Robert Speta (@robertspeta) December 7, 2012

And here's how that #7.3 quake looked on the permanent webcam at Fukushima Daiichi youtube.com/watch?v=BUIrRB…

— Kenneth Maxwell (@Kenny_Maxwell) December 7, 2012