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Japan rocked by 7.3 magnitude earthquake

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Japan Earthquake News

  1. A TSUNAMI warning has been issued after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off Fukushima in Japan.

    A tsunami warning for waves of up to three metres has been issued. It’s expected to hit imminently, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, and a tsunami has been observed by an offshore monitoring buoy 20km from shore, according to NHK World News.

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    A 60-centimeter tsunami has been observed in the Iwaki Onahama city at 6.49am local time.

    Water is draining out of the local seaside harbours and authorities are urging residents to evacuate immediately ahead of a possible larger wave of up to three metres.

    Onahama is recorcding is recording a 90cm tide, which is 50cm above normal.

    The Japan Meteorological Agency says the quake struck around 6am at a depth of 10km.

    Residents have been urged to flee Fukushima, according to a Japanese broadcaster. Nuclear plants have been taken offline as a precaution.

    There have been no changes to the nuclear radiation levels in Fukushima following the earthquake, according to NHK World News.

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

    There is no tsunami threat to Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

    Fukushima prefecture is north of Tokyo and home to the nuclear power plant that was destroyed by a huge tsunami following an offshore earthquake on March 11, 2011. More than 150,000 people were forced to leave the area because of radiation fears, leaving a wasteland of abandoned towns, farms and facilities.

    This quake was an enormous magnitude 9, also centred in the ocean to the north-east of the island nation. It was the largest ever recorded in Japan.

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