A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan’s Fukushima prefecture Monday morning, prompting evacuations in coastal areas.
In 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked the Fukushima region — the largest ever recorded to have hit Japan. Around 20,000 people were killed, and walls of water 30 feet high damaged nuclear reactors. – According to Buzzfeed News
So far, NHK World reported that water levels are rising near to the Onamaha port however no huge waves have been reported.
Tsunami waves have been spotted along the coast and more are expected, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency. The first one reached the coast at Iwaki-shi in Fukushima Prefecture at 6:29 a.m. local time. The largest so far, a 1.4-meter tsunami, was observed in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, at 8:03 a.m. according to (JMA).
NHK urged the public to evacuate, the broadcaster reminded people to dress warmly in the cold rain and urged them to help others leave.
- The network said “Please do not think that you are safe. Please evacuate to high grounds”
- “Please think about the worst-case scenario and evacuate right away”
There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii as a result of the quake, the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management said.
Currently 25,000 Japanese troops are sent to help in rescue efforts and at least 32 people are dead.