(Image source: Kyodo)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES

A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Japan Friday morning, leading to tsunami warnings in the same area of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed almost 20,000 people. ABC’s Good Morning America has more.

“If this coastline looks very familiar to you, it’s because just last year there was another 9.0 magnitude quake there. That’s the one that triggered not only the powerful earthquake but the tsunami and the nuclear disaster right along in that area.”

There are no reports of injuries this time. Sky News explains.

“The quake, with a magnitude of 7.3, shook buildings in the city of Sendai, as well as the capital, Tokyo. A one metre-high wave was recorded in one eastern city that was badly hit by last year's tsunami, but no damage was caused.’

All tsunami warnings have now been lifted. A writer for the Guardian notes, the earthquake prompted fears of a second disaster because of the 2011 damage.

“Initially, the appearance on TV screens of a tsunami warning, and repeated announcements to remember last year's tragedy and flee the coast, prompted fears of a second disaster in less than two years in the worst-affected prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.”

An hour after the warnings, a tsunami washed ashore in one of the hardest hit towns in last year’s tragedy where rebuilding has barely begun. But luckily this time, the waves were just a metre high. But the Christian Science Monitor notes, this earthquake showed the Japanese passed a test.

“...Thanks in large part to the sheer force of the March 11 tragedy, and painful memories of its human toll, people in the vicinity of the quake’s epicenter knew what to do as soon as TV stations issued a tsunami warning: Drop everything and head to higher ground.”

Earthquake Shakes Japan, Small Tsunami Hits Coast

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Dec 7, 2012

Earthquake Shakes Japan, Small Tsunami Hits Coast

(Image source: Kyodo)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES

A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Japan Friday morning, leading to tsunami warnings in the same area of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed almost 20,000 people. ABC’s Good Morning America has more.

“If this coastline looks very familiar to you, it’s because just last year there was another 9.0 magnitude quake there. That’s the one that triggered not only the powerful earthquake but the tsunami and the nuclear disaster right along in that area.”

There are no reports of injuries this time. Sky News explains.

“The quake, with a magnitude of 7.3, shook buildings in the city of Sendai, as well as the capital, Tokyo. A one metre-high wave was recorded in one eastern city that was badly hit by last year's tsunami, but no damage was caused.’

All tsunami warnings have now been lifted. A writer for the Guardian notes, the earthquake prompted fears of a second disaster because of the 2011 damage.

“Initially, the appearance on TV screens of a tsunami warning, and repeated announcements to remember last year's tragedy and flee the coast, prompted fears of a second disaster in less than two years in the worst-affected prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.”

An hour after the warnings, a tsunami washed ashore in one of the hardest hit towns in last year’s tragedy where rebuilding has barely begun. But luckily this time, the waves were just a metre high. But the Christian Science Monitor notes, this earthquake showed the Japanese passed a test.

“...Thanks in large part to the sheer force of the March 11 tragedy, and painful memories of its human toll, people in the vicinity of the quake’s epicenter knew what to do as soon as TV stations issued a tsunami warning: Drop everything and head to higher ground.”

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