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Strong earthquake hits part of Japan devasted by tsunami 10 years ago | World News

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A strong earthquake has hit areas of Japan devastated by the tsunami 10 years ago, that saw thousands lose their lives.

The quake hit the coast about 220 miles (350km) north of Tokyo at 6.26pm local time (9.26am UK) and had a magnitude of 7, the USGS said. Japan’s Meterological Agency said the quake was 7.2 in magnitude.

There were warnings it had generated a one metre-high tsunami.

The Onagawa nuclear plant, just eight miles (12km) from the epicentre, has been halted and Tohoku Electric Power Co said it is checking for any irregularities, the broadcaster NHK said.

Tokyo Electric Power said the company was also checking the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station that was wrecked by the massive March 2011 quake, which led to nuclear meltdowns and the surrounding area deserted of people.

Several of the towns in Miyagi prefecture, including Onagawa and Ishinomaki, were hit badly by the 2011 tsunami and magnitude 9 quake have taken years to recover.

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