Japan lifts tsunami warning after M7.3 quake


Our top story this afternoon… Japan has lifted the tsunami warning that
was issued after a strong earthquake struck near Fukushima prefecture, but a tsunami advisory
is still in effect. No casualties have been reported so far, though
there have been reports of minor injuries. Lee Minyoung reports. Japan has lifted its tsunami warning after
an earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima in northeastern Japan, however an advisory
is still in place. The magnitude seven-point-three quake, which
was centered under the ocean about 60 kilometers from Fukushima Prefecture, struck on Tuesday
morning at around 6 a.m. local time. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the
tsunami warning right after the quake struck,… saying the waves could be up to three meters
high. The depth of the quake was estimated to be
around 11 kilometers. A wave 60 centimeters was detected near Fukushima
on the northeast coast about an hour after the earthquake. Tremors were felt in Tokyo and residents were
urged to leave coastal areas. Ships also quickly moved away from harbors
near the affected area. The Japanese government is proceeding with
caution, as the same area was struck by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011,…
which caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Tokyo Electric Power Company has shut down
the Fukushima plant, and the government has set up a task force to monitor the situation. “We received a report that there is no problem
at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.” The damage from the quake remains unclear
but no casualties have been reported so far. However, there were reports of minor injuries. A 65 year-old women was taken to the hospital
after a bad fall at her home in Sendai due to the tremor. Lee Minyoung, Arirang News.

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