Tsunami alert following Japan 6.5 quake

A magnitude-6.5 earthquake has shaken eastern Japan off the quake-ravaged coast on March 27th a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that Japan has issued a tsunami alert.

The Japan Meteorological Agency announced that a tsunami of up to 1.6 feet (a half meter) may wash into Miyagi Prefecture.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) measured at 7:23 a.m. Monday Japan time (2223 GMT Sunday) near the east coast of Honshu. The USGS said the quake was 3.7 miles (5.9 kilometers) deep.

This is smaller than the magnitude-9 quake off Japan's northeast coast on March 11 that triggered a tsunami that has killed about 18,000 people.

Japan is still dealing with the radiation problem brought about by trying to shut down the nuclear plants affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11.