A small tsunami hit Ishinomaki City early Saturday, following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit about 200 miles east of Japan, and evacuations of some households were ordered along the coast of Iwate prefecture.
The tsunami measured about one foot, and was observed at about 3:07 a.m. local time, reported Steve Herman of VOA, citing the Japanese news agency NHK.
Herman said that the tsunami “was detected at Ishinomaki, which was hit by a 10-meter high wave on 3/11/11 destroying nearly half the city.”
A tsunami advisory was initially issued for the Fukushima prefecture by the Japan Meteorological Agency, and was later expanded to the Iwate, Miyagi, and Ibaraki prefectures, and the Kujukuri and Sotobo Area, Chiba prefecture.
However, only small waves, around one feet high, hit several areas. The agency has since canceled all tsunami advisories.
The quake hit 10 kilometers deep (6.2 miles). The quake hit off the east coast of Honshu.
The quake hit 202 miles east/southeast of Ishinomaki; 203 miles east of Namie; and 295 miles east/northeast of Tokyo, according to the U.S. Geological Service.
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