A 7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Japan

Tsunami warning issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency urged people to quickly leave coastal areas

Cracks are seen on the road caused by an earthquake in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, on January 1, 2024. – Reuters

A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake, considered the “strongest” on the Japanese scale, shook Japan on Monday and triggered a tsunami warning for a wide swath of the country’s western coast. The times of Japan reported.

The tsunami warning issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency urged the population to quickly leave the coastal areas of Ishikawa, Niigata, Toyama and Yamagata prefectures, the public broadcaster reported. NHK reported.

According to the meteorological agency, a tsunami up to five meters high is believed to be reaching Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture.

Waves more than 1 meter high hit the coast of the city of Wajima in Ishikawa prefecture. NHK aggregate.

Hokuriku Electric Power said it is checking for any irregularities at its nuclear power plants, while a spokesperson for Kansai Electric Power said there were currently no anomalies at its nuclear power plants but the company was closely monitoring the situation.

The earthquake, which occurred on New Year’s Day, was felt in Tokyo and throughout the Kanto area.

In addition, following Monday’s earthquake in Japan, South Korea’s meteorological agency also warned of a possible rise in sea levels in some areas of Gangwon province, on the east coast.

Videos shared online showed strong tremors across Ishikawa Prefecture.

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