Strong quake hits northern Japan, triggering a small tsunami and injuring at least 1 person

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 12 at 1:05 AM

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake has hit Japan's northern coast near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 tsunami.

At least one person was injured and a small tsunami was triggered, but no damage has been reported.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-6.8 quake struck 6 miles below the sea surface off the coast of Fukushima. It shook buildings in Tokyo, about 120 miles southwest of the epicenter.

An 8-inch tsunami reached the coast about 50 minutes after the quake, but changes to the shoreline were not visible on television footage aired by public broadcaster NHK.

Eight towns devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami issued evacuation advisories, but they were lifted about two hours after the quake.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority says the Fukushima Dai-ichi (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah dy-EE'-chee) plant and other nuclear facilities along the coast have found no abnormalities.

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209-a-10-(Brian Shiro (SHEER'-oh), geophysicist, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, in AP interview)-"generate big tsunamis"-Geophysicist Brian Shiro, at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, says an earthquake that strong will trigger an automatic tsunami warning, but no tsunami occurred. (11 Jul 2014)

<<CUT *209 (07/11/14)££ 00:10 "generate big tsunamis"

208-a-19-(Brian Shiro (SHEER'-oh), geophysicist, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, in AP interview)-"no tsunami, thankfully"-Geophysicist Brian Shiro, at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, says the earthquake struck below the sea surface off the coast of Fukushima, northeast of Tokyo. ((note length of cut)) (11 Jul 2014)

<<CUT *208 (07/11/14)££ 00:19 "no tsunami, thankfully"

207-a-15-(Brian Shiro (SHEER'-oh), geophysicist, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, in AP interview)-"of damage, either"-Geophysicist Brian Shiro, at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, says there doesn't appear to be any significant damage from the quake. ((watch for dating)) (11 Jul 2014)

<<CUT *207 (07/11/14)££ 00:15 "of damage, either"

206-a-13-(Brian Shiro (SHEER'-oh), geophysicist, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, in AP interview)-"of this size"-Geophysicist Brian Shiro, at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, says the earthquake that struck Japan's northern coast didn't trigger a tsunami. (11 Jul 2014)

<<CUT *206 (07/11/14)££ 00:13 "of this size"

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