Two powerful earthquakes rock Asia

September 10, 2008 7:03:56 PM PDT
A magnitude 7 earthquake hit northern Japan on Thursday morning, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The agency said the quake hit at 9:21 a.m. off the eastern coast Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island at a depth of about 12 miles.

A warning was issued for a 20-inch tsunami along the eastern coast of Hokkaido and the northeastern coast of Japan's main island of Honshu. Authorities ordered people to stay away from beaches.

National broadcaster NHK showed footage of the coastal area, but there did not appear to be any damage. The report said the force of the quake had not broken windows or knocked items from shelves.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's geological agency has lifted a tsunami alert issued after a powerful earthquake rattled the country's northeast.The U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday's quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 and struck 55 miles beneath the Molucca Sea.Indonesia's seismological agency put the magnitude at 7.6.

A tsunami alert issued immediately after the 7 a.m. temblor was lifted because the feared wave never came.

The mayor of Manado, a city on Sulawesi island close to the epicenter, said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake.


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