Tsunami warning in northeast Japan after strong earthquake

Tsunami warning in northeast Japan after strong earthquake
Japan announced AFP photo this month celebrating a decade of the Fukushima nuclear accident

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned of a tsunami on Saturday after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake registered in the north-east coast of the country.

The quake struck at 6:09 pm local time (09:09 GMT) in Pacific waters, in the Miyagi region, at a depth of 60 kilometers. JMA, Which, with waves of one meter, warned of the danger of a tsunami.

According to local media, the damage to Miyagi has not been reported and local authorities are inspecting the status of nuclear power plants in the area.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the registered earthquake intensity was 7.0.

This earthquake and tsunami warning comes days after Japan celebrated the 10th anniversary of the horrific 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck on March 11, 2011, which caused a devastating tsunami and nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant.

The devastation affected northeastern Japan, including Miyagi. Some residents of coastal communities said they had fled on high ground after a warning late Saturday night.

“Because of the experience of that day [de 2011], I left quickly. My heart is pounding, ”a person from the city of Ishinomaki told NHK that he ran into a park on a hill.

The Atomic Radiation Authority said that there are no reports of abnormalities in nuclear facilities in the area.

Japan is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, one of the most actively operating areas on the planet, but its construction standards are strict so that buildings can withstand strong earthquakes.


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