Tsunami Warning Issued in Japan After 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake

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Late Wednesday night in Japan, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that lasted over two minutes prompted a tsunami warning for the region of Fukushima. 11 years ago, these same residents were battered after an earthquake and tsunami hit the town on the coast of Japan. Now, people anxiously await to see if the powerful earthquake will prompt a forceful tsunami. The earthquake, hitting at about 11 P.M was felt all the way in Tokyo, and residents were warned that waves reaching the size of 1 meter could now hit, which would be devastating once again.

Now, as residents across Japan nervously prepare for a possible tsunami, at least 2 million homes in Tokyo are left without electricity. Officials, concerned about nuclear power plants, are still inspecting the damage, as reported by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. After the earthquake in 2011, three of the reactors in the Daiichi plant melted down as a result of waves from tsunami overwhelming the station. This was the worst nuclear situation since Chernobyl, which occurred in 1986. With the similarities of the situation, it is safe to say Japan is preparing for the worst, as memories of the 2011 disaster come rushing back for many Japanese citizens.


In a news brief, the Prime Minister noted that the situation is ongoing and the damage and potential dangers of a tsunami are being assessed. Still, almost 40,000 people were told to evacuate the Miyagi area. At about 12:30 AM, a small tsunami occurred, but officials are still concerned for a more powerful storm to come. Some were able to capture the earthquake as it happened, and the footage is incredibly terrifying as things shake violently for extended periods of time. However, at this time, no injuries have been reported.

Right now, since the situation is so new and currently still unfolding, citizens are not sure what to think and are unsure of what is to occur. The Prime Minister notes that the Japanese government and officials will “work together to make every effort to respond.”


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