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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Tsunami warning Jan 19 Japan Quake

Quake off central Japan triggers tsunami warning

Wed Jan 19, 7:31 AM ET
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TOKYO (AFP) - Japan flashed a tsunami warning following a quake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale in the Pacific Ocean, which came as world experts gathered at a UN conference on disaster prevention.

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The Meteorological Agency called off the tsunami warning 90 minutes after issuing it for 24,390 residents on the Izu island chain, some 100 to 300 kilometers (62 to 186 miles) south of Tokyo.

The tremor was hardly felt in any of the major Japanese cities along the Pacific Coast or on the Izu islands.

At one point the agency recorded tsunami waves 30 centimeters (12 inches) high on the islands but officials said there were no reports of injuries or damage.

The earthquake occurred at 3:11 pm (0611 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean. Its focus was located about 300 kilometers southeast of Tokyo and 10 kilometers deep, the agency said.

Delegates at the conference in the western Japan port city of Kobe said they were confident about Japan's handling of quakes and tsunamis, adding they were not disturbed by the warning.

During the five-day UN conference, earthquake-prone Japan has been promoting its disaster alert system as a model for the Indian Ocean and other regions after the Asian tsunami disaster killed nearly 170,000 people.

Late on Tuesday, a quake registering 6.3 on the Richter scale shook the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Tuesday night. There were no reports of casualties or damage to property.

Japan experiences about 20 percent of the world's powerful earthquakes.



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