Tsunami Warning Issued: 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Off Fukushima In Japan

Tsunami Warning Issued: 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Off Fukushima In Japan
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Coastal residents in Japan has been ordered to flee to higher grounds on Tuesday after a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture. A 1.4m-high tsunami wave has been observed in Sendai, .

Tsunami waves have been spotted along the coast and more are expected, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA). The first one reached the coast at Iwaki-shi in Fukushima Prefecture at 6:29 a.m. local time. The largest so far, a 1.4-meter tsunami, was observed in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, at 8:03 a.m. according to JMA.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude at 6.9. The earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo, 240 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of the epicenter.Miyagi Region

The meteorological agency said the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). It revised up the magnitude from an initial reading of 7.3.

NHK has urged people to evacuate immediately, reminding them of the devastating 2011 quake that killed about 18,000 people.

 

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