Tsunami warn­ing is­sued af­ter quake strikes off Fukushima

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

TOKYO >> Coastal res­i­dents in Ja­pan were or­dered to flee to higher ground to­day af­ter a strong earth­quake with a pre­lim­i­nary mag­ni­tude of 7.3 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 a tsunami ad­vi­sory for much of the rest of north­east Ja­pan’s Pa­cific coast.

Tsunamis of up to 3 feet were recorded about an hour af­ter the 6 a.m. earth­quake.

Fukushima pre­fec­ture is home to the nu­clear power plant that was de­stroyed by a huge tsunami fol­low­ing an off­shore earth­quake in 2011.

The op­er­a­tor of the plant said there were no ab­nor­mal­i­ties ob­served at the plant, Ja­panese pub­lic broad­caster NHK said.

The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey mea­sured the mag­ni­tude at 6.9. The earth­quake shook build­ings in Tokyo, 150 miles south­west of the epi­cen­ter.

There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of dam­age or in­jury.

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