Strong quake hits Japan and Indonesia, Tsunami warning

September 11th, 2008 - 11:42 am ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Earth quake magnitude 7 hits Japan at Thursday, 11 September at 9:20 AM JST and 6.6 Richter shakes Indonesia at 9:00 AM local time.

7.0 Richter struck off the coast of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, the quake was located at 41.979°N, 143.625°E at the depth of 35 km, epicenter was 125 km from Kushiro, 225 km from Asahikawa, 225 km from Sapporo, Hokkaido and 775 km from Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese meteorological reported.

A warning was issued for a 50 cm tsunami along the eastern coast of Hokkaido and the northeastern coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu. Authorities ordered people to stay away from beaches. There are no reports damages. The force of the quake had not broken windows or knocked items from shelves , official said.

While 6.6 Richter shaken Halmahera of Indonesia at 93 km beneath the Molucca Sea. The quake located at 1.865°N, 127.439°E, epicenter was 120 km from Ternate, 290 km from Manado of Indonesia, 1575 km from Manila, Philippines and 2460 km from Jakarta of Indonesia.

Residents in Manado, a city on Sulawesi island around 290km from the epicenter, fled their homes as the earth rumbled beneath them. However casualties or damage have not been reported.

“We haven’t reported any casualties or damage yet,” said Jimmy Rimba Rogi, the city’s mayor, adding that people along the coast, well prepared for tsunamis, also ran inland. “But we’re still monitoring.”

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