Japan: Earthquake triggers tsunami at Fukushima

    Japan: Earthquake triggers tsunami at Fukushima

    Nov.22, Tokyo: A powerful earthquake sent a series of moderate tsunamis toward Japan's northeastern shore, fuelling concerns about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by a much larger tsunami five year ago.

    The magnitude 7.4 earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, sent thousands of residents fleeing for higher ground as dawn broke along the northeastern coast.

    There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries several hours after the quake hit at 0559 (2059 GMT Monday). The tsunami warning was lifted nearly four hours later.

    The earthquake was centred off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10km, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

    A wave of up to 1.4 metres high was recorded at Sendai, about 70km north of Fukushima, with smaller waves hitting ports elsewhere along the coast, public broadcaster NHK said.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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