Japan Earthquake: 7.4-Magnitude Hits Near Fukushima, Tsunami Warning Issued

November 21, 2016 4:25 pm Last Updated: November 21, 2016 6:27 pm

A powerful earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan on Tuesday morning, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Officials have issued a warning of a tsunami of about 10 feet in height.

The quake, which has a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale, hit off the coast of the Fukushima Prefecture, said the U.S. Geological Survey. It was originally registered as a 7.3-magnitude quake, but it was downgraded to 6.9, before it was upgraded to a 7.4.

A tsunami warning was triggered after the temblor, AP reported. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the earthquake struck around 6 a.m at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

It was located 67 kilometers northeast of Iwaki, Jonshu, Japan.

More details were not immediately clear, including possible damage.

Tsunami advisories were sent to the Pacific coast areas of Aomori Precture, Iwate Prefecutre, Miyagi Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture, and the Kujukuri and Sotobo area of Chiba Prefecture. 

Japanese national broadcaster NHK reported: “The estimated height of [the] tsunami is 3 meters. The intensity of the quake measured 5 minus according to the Japanese seismic scale of 0 to 7.”

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said it was checking its nuclear plants in Fukushima Prefecture for any damage, NHK said. According to the Tohoku Electric Power Co., there was no damage done to the Onagawa power plant.

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 were no immediate reports of damage or injury

The Associated Press contributed to this report.