The 10-centimetre (four inch) wave and 6.8 magnitude quake, which struck some 210 kilometres (130 miles) off the northern island of Hokkaido, prompted local authorities to issue an evacuation warning for coastal residents. Earlier, a strong earthquake shook northern Japan on Wednesday evening, causing a small tsunami but no damage or injury was reported.
The Japanese Meteorological agency issued a tsunami advisory, warning of a half-meter wave. The meteorological agency gave the tsunami warning after the tremor hit some 210 kilometres off the northern island of Hokkaido.
Japan’s meteorological agency had initially said the tsunami could be as high as 50 centimeter, but US monitors said there was no Pacific-wide tsunami threat. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, ravaged many Japanese northern coastal towns, leaving some 19,000 people dead or missing.
Rescued from the ruins three days after the devastating tsunami hit Japan, baby Iroha Ishikawa gave a ray of hope for the thousands still searching for missing loved-ones. The innocent face of the four-month-old looking up at her saviour, Japanese soldier Koji Chiba, became a symbolic image of the catastrophe.
One year on, baby Iroha and Mr Chiba were reunited as part of ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the disaster that claimed more than 15,800 lives. Iroha’s parents survived the disaster with her. On Sunday’s anniversary, thousands protested against nuclear power in demonstrations held across the world.
The meteorological agency also warned the tsunami could reach the Kuril islands, off Hokkaido, which Russia has controlled since Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II. Continue Reading on Source Small Tsunami Hits Japan After 6.8 Quake: