Date
11 December 2016
A traffic jam is seen as people evacuate after tsunami advisories were issued following an earthquake in Fukushima prefecture. Photo: Reuters
A traffic jam is seen as people evacuate after tsunami advisories were issued following an earthquake in Fukushima prefecture. Photo: Reuters

Powerful quake hits Japan, triggers tsunami warnings

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck northern Japan on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami that hit the nation’s northern Pacific coast.

The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was centered off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 kilometers, struck at 5:59 a.m. local time, Reuters reports, citing the Japan Meteorological Agency.

A 60-centimeter (two feet) tsunami had been observed at Fukushima’s Onahama Port and a 90 cm. tsunami at Soma soon after, public broadcaster NHK said.

The region is the same that was devastated by a tsunami after a massive earthquake in 2011.

A tsunami warning of up to three meters (10 feet) has been issued.

One woman suffered cuts to her head from falling dishes, Kyodo news agency reported, citing fire department officials.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., known as Tepco, said on its website that no damage from the quake has been confirmed at any of its power plants, although there have been blackouts in some areas.

Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant caused Japan’s worst nuclear disaster when it was knocked out by the 2011 tsunami.

Tohoku Electric Power Co. said there was no damage to its Onagawa nuclear plant while the Kyodo news agency reported there was no irregularities at the Tokai Daini nuclear plant in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Television footage showed ships moving out to sea from Fukushima harbors as tsunami warning signals wailed.

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