Japan issues tsunami alert after major earthquake


The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) on Monday issued a tsunami warning along the western coastal regions of Ishikawa, Niigata and Toyama prefectures

The alert was issued for coastal regions in central Japan after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6. Residents were urged to immediately evacuate.


Japan issues tsunami alert after major earthquake

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) on Monday issued a tsunami warning along the western coastal regions of Ishikawa, Niigata and Toyama prefectures.


The agency said the Ishikawa prefecture, in the Noto region along the Sea of Japan, was hit by a series of quakes registering a preliminary magnitude of 7.6.


The US Geological Survey and other agencies registered a 7.5 magnitude.


The JMA issued a major tsunami warning for Ishikawa, while the rest of the northwestern coast of Japan's island of Honshu was issued lower-level tsunami warnings or advisories.


Public broadcaster NHK warned torrents of water could reach as high as 5 meters (16.5 feet).


NHK reported that smaller tsunami waves had already been confirmed to have reached the coastline.


A 45 centimeter high (1.5 feet) tsunami that the South Korean east coast can grow and continue for more than a day, said the country's meteorological agency.


Emergency services in the far eastern Russian island of Sakhalin issued an alert, saying that the island's western coast "may be affected by tsunami waves."


A 7.6-magnitude quake hit just four minutes later and was followed by a series of weaker tremors for around 90 minutes, said the JMA. In total, the agency recorded 21 quakes of 4.0 magnitude or higher.


Government spokesman Yoshimasa Hayashi said at least six homes were damaged by the quakes, with people trapped inside, while more than 30,000 households had no electricity.


No reports of deaths or injured have been confirmed, he added.


According to media reports, buildings swayed in the area around the capital, Tokyo, on the central coast of Honshu.


Officials have warned that more earthquakes can hit the region over the coming days.


"Residents need to stay on alert for further possible quakes and I urge people in areas where tsunamis are expected to evacuate as soon as possible," Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said.


The Japanese government said no abnormalities were reported at the nuclear plant in the area and nearby stations.


Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said the Shika plant in Ishikawa, the closest to the quake's epicenter, had already halted its two reactors before the tremors for regular inspection.


Kishida said the government has set up a special emergency center to gather information on the quakes and tsunami and relay them quickly to residents.


A news conference was planned for 0910 UTC.


In 2011, a major quake and tsunami killed nearly 20,000 people, devastated towns and triggered nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima.


People in Japan observed a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. (0546 UTC) on Thursday, like these participants in a memorial service at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. The silence coincided with the exact time when the 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's coast in 2011, triggering the deadly tsunami.


Buddhist monks joined in memorial services. In Fukushima prefecture's Hisanohama, a group of locals gathered by the shore, where a line of Buddhist monks marched past beating drums and chanting prayers. A siren marked the start of the minute's silence.


Many people in northeastern Japan walked to the coast or visited graves to pray for relatives and friends washed away by the tsunami. Some carried bouquets to put on graves or place by the ocean.


Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended a memorial in Tokyo. The annual memorial event was held before a smaller audience than usual, with the capital and nearby areas currently under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Local residents stand on the seashore at sunrise at Arahama district in Sendai, northeastern Japan to remember the tsunami. Around 400 kilometers of the country's northeastern coastline was hit by the huge wave.


The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum in Futaba staged a candlelit vigil a day earlier. The tsunami waves, which reached up to 40.5 meters (132.9 feet) high, caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.



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The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) on Monday issued a tsunami warning along the western coastal regions of Ishikawa, Niigata and Toyama prefectures
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