Tremors felt in Tokyo: PH envoy

Posted at Dec 08 2012 12:27 AM | Updated as of Dec 08 2012 08:28 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - Tremors from a 7.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of northeastern Japan was felt all the way to Tokyo, according to Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez.

Asked on ANC if they felt the earthquake, Lopez said: "Yes, we did and while in Tokyo, the tremors were not that strong, we understand that it is in the Miyagi prefecture that it was felt the strongest."

Lopez said consular staff are now checking with community leaders residing in those areas close to the epicenter on whether there are casualties.

An Agence France-Presse report said a warning for a one-meter tsunami was issued for the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, which was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

That quake triggered fuel-rod meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing radiation leakage, contamination of food and water and mass evacuations in the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. With a report from Agence France-Presse

ANC, December 7, 2012