Japan lifts post-quake tsunami advisories

  • Japan lifts post-quake tsunami advisories

Japan lifts post-quake tsunami advisories

A tsunami warning was issued for Fukushima Prefecture, with officials warning of possible 3 metre waves.

The magnitude 7.4 quake that struck early this morning off the coast of Fukushima prompted tsunami warnings for the Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures.

At 8.03 am, 1.4-meter tsunami were observed at Sendai port in northeastern Miyagi prefecture, following the first wave of tsunami was observed at coastline 20 km east of Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture. While there has been no confirmed death toll, around 22,000 people are believed to have died as a result of the initial quake and tsunami and by post-disaster health conditions.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Tuesday's quake was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 one which spawned a deadly tsunami in the same region in 2011.

Authorities issued an immediate warning for a tsunami of 3m, along with evacuation orders to hundreds of thousands of people.

At least 14 people have been injured by a strong natural disaster that struck off Japan's northeast coast early Tuesday morning, the Associated Press has reported.

The earlier warning was for waves of up to 3 meters (10 feet).

It brought back memories of the 2011 disaster, when much larger tsunamis rushed up rivers and overflowed, wiping away entire neighbourhoods.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has called for people in all coastal regions near the quake to evacuate to higher ground. The natural disaster gave Tokyo - 150 miles away - a good shake, but was much less powerful than the magnitude-9.0 quake in 2011, and only moderate tsunami waves reached shore.

Since 2011, all nuclear plants on the coast were shut down. A cooling water pump stopped functioning at one nuclear plant, but a backup pump restored the flow after 90 minutes.

Officials reported a low likelihood of damages for Argentina, but some landslides did interfere with the worldwide highway between Chile and Argentina.

The Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant, 7.5 miles to south of the Daiichi site, stopped operating immediately following the initial seismic activity of this most recent quake but in the hours following has come back on-line.

"The sound of sirens brought back memories of the huge quake (of 2011)", said Tomomi Nagakubo, 48, who drove in her vehicle to an evacuation centre in Ibaraki with her 13-year-old son.