A massive earthquake hit northern Japan early on Tuesday, which slightly disrupted cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generated a small tsunami that hit the Fukushima region. The earthquake’s magnitude was 7.4 and it was felt in Tokyo too where people fled to higher grounds.
There were no reports of any death or serious injuries hours after the earthquake. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake was centered off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of almost 10 km.
Así se estremeció una estación de tren durante el sismo de magnitud 6.9 en Fukushima, Japón. pic.twitter.com/HJxhwXOpo0
— Jean Suriel (@JeanSuriel) November 21, 2016
Sismo de 7.3 grados en Fukushima, Japón que origina alerta de Tsunami. pic.twitter.com/m7RneQxhBc
— Guruchuirer (@guruchuirer) November 21, 2016
magnitude revised to 6.9 from 7.3
A wave of almost 1.4 meters high was recorded at Sendai, which is 70 km north of Fukushima. Television footage revealed ships were being undocked from the shore as tsunami warnings were given after waves of up to 3 meters were observed.
Tohoku Electric Power Co announced that there was no damage done to its Onagawa nuclear plant. The Kyodo news agency also disclosed that there no irregularities at the Tokai Daini nuclear plant in Ibaraki prefecture.