By Shingo Ito
TOKYO — A tsunami hit Japan’s northeastern coastline on Wednesday, officials said, after a strong earthquake rocked the region almost exactly a year on from the country’s worst post-war natural disaster.
A 6.9-magtinude quake struck 26.6 kilometres below the seabed off the northern island of Hokkaido in the Pacific at 6:08 pm local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
It was followed by a 20 centimetre tsunami which had prompted local authorities to issue an evacuation warning for coastal residents before it hit land.
This was followed by a moderately strong 5.7 earthquake near Tokyo, which left residents on edge.
High-speed bullet trains serving northern Japan were halted and the two runways at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport were closed after the quake.
No abnormalities were reported at the Tokai No.2 nuclear power plant northeast of Tokyo, which has been shut for routine maintenance, or at Tokyo…
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