Japan Aftershock: 7.1 Magnitude Quake Triggers Tsunami Alert
A 7.1-magnitude aftershock struck off northeast coast of Japan this morning, roughly 40 miles east of Sendai, Honshu, the same area that was devastated in last month's 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquakes had a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 and struck at 7:32 a.m. Los Angeles time (11:32 p.m. in Japan). A precautionary tsunami alert has been issued for coastal Japan by the Pacific Tsunami Center. There is no tsunami threat for the rest of the Pacific.
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant workers were evacuated after the quake (centered about 90 miles to the northeast) as a precaution. There are no reports of further property -- or nuclear plant -- damage or injuries at this time.