Japan experiences earthquake; Initial Tsunami warnings downgraded


Tokyo:  A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday. Coastal residents fled to higher ground after the powerful earthquake shock the Japanese island of Honshu.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured Tuesday’s quake at magnitude 6.9. On the other hand, a 1.4 meter Tsunami wave has been recorded at Sendai just hours after earthquake.

The earthquake, felt in Tokyo and centred off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km, had briefly disrupted cooling functions at a nuclear plant. There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries several hours after the quake hit at 5:59 am (2059 GMT Monday).  Also, no sign of major damage were immediately recorded yet, but authorities reported that a small number of people, around 12, were injured.

As Tsunami warning signals were downgraded, television footage showed ships moving out to sea from harbours. The TV footage also showed items scattered on the floor in a store, and books that had fallen from shelves in a library.

As per the Japan Meteorological Agency, the Tuesday quake was an aftershock to the 2011 magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck in the same region that was devasted by Tsunami and followed a much larger magnitude 9.0 quake, killing some 18,000 people.

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