Tsunami warning issued after quake near Japan
TOKYO — Coastal residents in Japan were ordered to flee to higher ground on Tuesday after a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for waves of up to 10 feet in Fukushima and another prefecture, and a tsunami advisory for much of the rest of northeast Japan’s Pacific coast. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury, but the quake shook buildings in Tokyo150 miles from the epicenter.
Tsunamis of up to 3 feet were recorded about an hour after the 6 a.m. earthquake, and the tsunami warning area was widened later in the morning.
Fukushima prefecture is home to the nuclear plant that was destroyed by a huge tsunami following an earthquake in 2011 that killed about 18,000 people.