A mere three days after the anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan just one year ago, another earthquake hit the country. On Wednesday evening, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the northern region of Japan.
The earthquake hit Japan at 170 miles off the east coast at Hokkaido Island. The earthquake was later followed by a 6.1-magnitude tremor in the Chiba Prefecture at around 9 p.m. This region is close to Tokyo, but 600 miles from the location of the first quake. There were no immediate reports of damage, police said.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory to Japanese citizens. The warning noted a potential half-meter wave. A swelling of 20 centimeters (8 inches) was observed in water at the port of Hachinohe in Aomori about an hour after the tremor, reported the Huffington Post. The tsunami advisory was called off shortly after it was issued, reported CNN. Though some residents of the Hokkaido Island were required to evacuate because of a small tsunami, there was no damage.
It was too much, too soon for the Japanese, who suffered immensely just one year ago when the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit, leaving 19,000 people dead or missing. Restoration has not even begun in some coastal communities, which were left wrecked from the wave.
Here are photos from when the 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Wednesday evening.