Breaking News: 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Japan

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    Jul 10, 2011 2:28 AM GMT

    7.1 earthquake rocks Japan
    Fukushima nuclear plant evacuated after northeast rattled
    CBC News
    Posted: Jul 9, 2011 9:43 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 9, 2011 10:12 PM ET

    A 7.1-magnitude earthquake has struck off eastern Japan, triggering a tsunami warning for areas still recovering from a devastating quake four months earlier.

    The latest quake, which hit just before 10 a.m. local time, comes after the massive record 9.0-magnitude earthquake that spawned a deadly tsunami in March. Roughly 23,000 people were killed or went missing following both disasters, which also caused a nuclear crisis at the damaged Fukushima power plant.

    Japan issued a tsunami alert on Sunday morning for most of the northeastern coastline after the strong jolts, which also affected the Fukushima area. Workers at the plant have evacuated the complex as a precautionary measure, according to Japanese news broadcaster NHK.

    Officials said they expected tsunami of less than one metre in some areas, and a tsunami of 10 centimetres has reportedly struck the northeast coast.

    The epicentre of Sunday morning's quake was in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan's main island, Honshu, at a depth of about 10 kilometres. There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries and airports are reportedly running as normal.

    A magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattled the country's northeast on June 23, although there were no reports of damage or injuries. A tsunami warning was issued for that quake as well, and cancelled shortly afterwards.
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    Jul 10, 2011 2:32 AM GMT

    i love japan... hope things don't get worse for people there.
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    Jul 10, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    Awwww.....they can't catch a break....really makes me sad that all of this is happening to them...icon_cry.gif