Earthquake sparks Ja­pan tsunami warn­ing

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Tokyo: A 7.4 mag­ni­tude earthquake off north-eastern Ja­pan near Fukushima pre­fec­ture has prompted a tsunami warn­ing of pos­si­ble 3m (10ft) waves. The quake struck on Tues­day morn­ing at about 9pm Mond­day night, the Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency said. The depth of the quake was es­ti­mated to be around 25km.

In 2011, a large tsunami caused by a quake de­stroyed the Fukushima nu­clear power plant. A tsunami warn­ing was also is­sued for Miyagi pre­fec­ture, where a 1.4m wave was ob­served at Sendai port. The US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey ini­tially put the mag­ni­tude at 7.3 but later down­graded this to 6.9, lower than the num­ber given by the Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties. Tokyo Elec­tric Power has been check­ing the Fukushima plant for dam­age from the lat­est quake. Dam­age from the quake re­mains un­clear, but there are some re­ports of mi­nor in­juries. Tremors were felt in Tokyo and res­i­dents were urged to evac­u­ate some coastal ar­eas. BBC

The path of the earthquake that hit Fukushima in Ja­pan.

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