Two strong earthquakes hit Japan; no apparent damage

AP:

TOKYO — A series of earthquakes rattled Tokyo and northeast Japan late Wednesday evening, but caused no apparent damage or injury in the same region hit by last year’s devastating tsunami.

The first tremor off Hokkaido island was 6.8 magnitude and prompted some communities to issue evacuation orders or advisories to residents nearest the coast.

A swelling of 20 centimeters (8 inches) was observed in the port of Hachinohe in Aomori, northern Japan, about one hour after the quake struck the region. Smaller changes were also reported in several locations on Hokkaido island and Aomori prefecture.

The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted all tsunami advisories about an hour and half later.

The earthquake felt in Tokyo was magnitude 6.1 and centered just off the coast of Chiba, east of Tokyo, at a rather shallow 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the sea surface.

On the ground reax:

@A__Starr__ D= *hug* me too. I think that’s the strongest earthquake I’ve ever felt. Scary shit D=

— Krystal (@382trexKrys) March 14, 2012

I was just going to the bathroom and along comes this big feeling earthquake…well, big and long for me. Nearly had a heart attack!

— Krystal (@382trexKrys) March 14, 2012

just experienced my first earthquake. that was crazy.

— S A P O R T A (@GabrielSaporta) March 14, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/naoko_o_/status/179905419160993792

Oh,there was a fxxking earthquake. it scared me:-(

— じょにぃ (@JohnnyAWalker49) March 14, 2012

@Saku_Love_Go still strong, isn’t it? I never had the experience of an earthquake during my whole life… (´Д` )

— ★百合亜❤★♀ (@julia1987x) March 14, 2012

It’s official, the Earthquake has reached #Tokyo, I just felt the shake for 10mins in the 39th floor of my Hotel. via @iamnabeel Take Care!

— Badruddeen (@Badruddeen) March 14, 2012

Crazy #earthquake hits #Tokyo… my 11th floor hotel room kept swaying for a full minute.

— Soumit Nandi (@soumit) March 14, 2012

RT @mangauniversity: That last quake was so strong that our Campus Emergency Coordinator grabbed the earthquake kit from the storage closet.

— Manga University (@mangamonday) March 14, 2012

The earth-quake makes me sick. I prefer to go bed already… It’s 21:30… …againg and again… Seriously!!! How annoying earthquakes!!!!

— Kyokita Og (@Lola092) March 14, 2012

Okay, earthquakes hits very hard at our house. Anything i.will update you guys. Please do pray for us.

— MDP Shaz Mohammad (@ShaZMJaxn) March 14, 2012

Pray for everyone’s safety in Japan.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/14/two-earthquakes-hit-japan/

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