Massive earthquake off the coast of Honshu, Japan - All Tsunami advisories lifted

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Update 11:28 UTC : 15 injuries all together in affected areas.
A woman in her 80s in Kashiwa City in Chiba Prefecture broke her leg when she lost her footing and fell down stairs in her house.
A woman in her 70s in Yabuki Town in Fukushima Prefecture was injured when a cupboard toppled over.
13 other people were also injured in Tokyo and Fukushima, Miyagi and Chiba Prefectures.

Update 11:25 UTC : Almost NO images from the tsunami but this pictures shows the upcoming waves (as expected not colossal) in a river. Click on a picture to watch the NHK World Video.

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Update 11:20 UTC : Article in NHK World - Click on the picture to be linked to the site itself.

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Update 05:27 UTC : All Tsunami advisories lifted

Update 23:16 UTC : The highest wave measure so fat was 1.4 meter. A tsunami can consist of a number of waves. This is the reason that higher waves are reported right now.
JMA Japan has increased the Magnitude from 7.3 to 7.4. The depth of the hypocenter is reported as 25 km.
The Myagi prefecture has been added to the warning list.

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Update 23:05 UTC : Latest measurements below

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Update 22:49 UTC : Strange to see that TV is calling people to look for higher grounds and on Live TV we do see plenty of traffic near the shore. People are really not taking evacuation notices seriously. This is Japan, the best drilled nation in the world. Unbelievable!

Update 22:44 UTC : Some local reports are mentioning minor injuries

Update 22:35 UTC : Latest observations (all information courtesy JMA Japan)

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Update 22:34 UTC : The cooling system of the third reactor of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant has stopped but authorities say there is NO danger for eventual radiation.

Update 22:30 UTC : The max. tsunami currently measured was in the Port of SOMA at 90 cm.

Update 22:25 UTC :  If you want to follow the NHK World live images please click on this link.

Update 22:19 UTC : New measurements reveal NO major tidal waves. The warning and advisories are still in place!

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Update 22:12 UTC : So far everything looks normal. 1 Measurement in the Fukushima prefecture is in fact a retreating sea level (green bar)

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Update 21:59 UTC : The first measurement has been reported (max. 1 meter)

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Update 21:51 UTC : Message on the website of NHK WORLD Japan right now

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Update 21:48 UTC : NO measurements of the gauges as yet. NO change in expectation.

Update 21:41 UTC : It is now early morning in Japan.

Update 21:38 UTC : The picture below shows the maximum expected waves and surges
RED = tsunami from 1-3 meters possible
YELLOW = tsunami 0.2 to 1 meter possible

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Update 21:37 UTC :

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Update 21:32 UTC : USGS has lowered the initial Magnitude from 7.3 to 6.9

Update 21:30 UTC : At ER we consider JMA5+ is a potentially dangerous earthquake. 5- is just below that level but is nevertheless still dangerous in some areas.

Update 21:29 UTC : JMA japan reports a maximum shaking of 5- on their own shaking scale.
JMA5- means :
* Many people are frightened and feel the need to hold onto something stable
* Dishes in cupboards and items on bookshelves may fall
* Unsecured furniture may move, and unstable furniture may topple over

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 7.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2016-11-21 20:59:46

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Namie, Japan Nov 21 23:39 4.9 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 23:39 5.1 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 23:39 5.0 25 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 23:23 4.6 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Namie, Japan Nov 21 23:23 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 23:23 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
PTWC Nov 21 23:08 7.3 0 MAP
USGS Namie, Japan Nov 21 22:17 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 22:17 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Namie, Japan Nov 21 21:50 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 21:50 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 21:50 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Namie, Japan Nov 21 21:39 5.3 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 21:39 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 21:39 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 21:28 4.8 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Namie, Japan Nov 21 21:28 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 21:28 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Namie, Japan Nov 21 21:10 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 21:10 5.4 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
PTWC Nov 21 21:09 7.3 0 MAP
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 20:59 6.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Namie, Japan Nov 21 20:59 6.9 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 20:59 6.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Namie, Japan Nov 21 20:59 7.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Yokohama - Réveillée à 6:00 du matin par les secousse, impression que le tremblement de terre a duré un bon moment. Les objets sur mon frigo sont tombé. Pas d'autre dégâts
  • Mishima - No damage, but it woke my wife up, and freaked out my dogs.
  • Tokyo - Bed and walls on 11th floor were shaking
  • tokyo - felt in hotel at 8 th floor. awakened
  • GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 18:25 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 18:25 4.8 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ishinomaki, Japan Nov 21 02:47 4.6 51 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 02:47 4.6 51 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 21 02:47 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO


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    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
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    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
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