A scare, then re­lief af­ter Ja­pan quake and tsunami

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

TOKYO >> At first, it was 2011 all over again.

“It re­ally came back. And it was so aw­ful. The sways to the side were huge,” Kazuhiro Onuki said af­ter north­east­ern Ja­pan was jolted Tues­day by a mag­ni­tude-7.4 earthquake, the strong­est since a dev­as­tat­ing quake and tsunami five years ago.

Coastal res­i­dents re­turned home from higher ground, and fish­ing boats to port, af­ter tsunami warn­ings were lifted along Ja­pan’s Pa­cific coast. The earthquake gave Tokyo — 150 miles away — a good shake, but was much less pow­er­ful than the mag­ni­tude-9.0 quake in 2011, and only mod­er­ate tsunami waves reached shore.

At least 14 peo­ple were re­ported in­jured, three with bro­ken bones.

The first tsunami waves hit about an hour later. The high­est one, at 4.6 feet, reached Sendai Bay about two hours af­ter the quake. By com­par­i­son, the waves in 2011 were 30 to 60 feet high.

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