Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Tsunami Warning Issued after Earthquake in Japan

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Tsunami Warning Issued after Earthquake in Japan

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TOKYO - Coastal residents in Japan were ordered to flee to higher ground on Tuesday after a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for waves of up to 10 feet in Fukushima and another prefecture, and a tsunami advisory for much of the rest of northeast Japan's Pacific coast. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Tsunamis of up to 3 feet were recorded about an hour after the 6 a.m. earthquake, and the tsunami warning area was widened later in the morning.

Fukushima prefecture is home to the nuclear power plant that was destroyed by a huge tsunami following an offshore earthquake in 2011.

The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant said there were no abnormalities observed at the plant, though a swelling of the tide of up to 1 meter has been detected offshore. …

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