Japan Earthquake Magnitude 8.9

Japan was struck by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, shaking buildings in Tokyo for several minutes and prompting a tsunami warning.

Japan is most famous country in earthquakes because Japan is located on the edge of the Eurasian Plate near its boundary with the Pacific Plate, Japan has been struck by many earthquakes. The country has even been called the world's earthquake factory. On September 1, 1923, at two minutes before noon, a tremendous quake shook Japan's Sagami Bay region, near the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama.

Japan’s meteorological agency warned that a tsunami as high as 20 feet could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture, closest to the epicentre. Smaller tsunamis of up to 50 centimetres reached some coastal communities, the agency said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and US state of Hawaii.

The quake struck at 2:46 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometres, about 80 miles off the eastern coast, the meteorological agency said. The area is 240 miles northeast of Tokyo. In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently and workers poured into the street for safety.

Footage on national broadcaster NHK from their Sendai office showed employees stumbling around and books and papers crashing from desks.

Police and coast guard officials said they were assessing possible damage from the quake.

There are many quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday.

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