Nov 22, 2016

Tsunami warning lifted in Japan

The Tsunami warning imposed after the 7.4 magnitude earthquake off Japan's Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, has been lifted.

According to the UK Guardian, The Japan Meteorological Agency has confirmed that,

"Tsunami advisories have been lifted for the following coastal regions of Japan: Iwate prefecture, Miyagi prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture... Slight sea-level changes may be observed in coastal regions, but no tsunami damage is expected... Pay attention when fishing, swimming or engaging in other marine activities, as there may still be slight sea-level changes.

No major tsunami warnings, tsunami warnings or advisories are currently in effect."

Initially, it was warned that the quake could spark tsunami waves of more than 3m.

The quake struck at about 06:00 local time (21:00 GMT Monday), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Residents were told to seek higher ground immediately, with warnings of waves of up to 3m. There were reports of minor injuries and damage.

An earthquake and tsunami struck the same area in 2011 killing more than 18,000 people.

That quake, one of the most powerful ever recorded, also caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, where a massive clean-up operation is still going on.

Officials have said there is no sign of damage to the plant this time.