Tsunami hit Japan after 7.2-magnitude earthquake.
Image Credit: Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Japanese authorities issued a tsunami alert after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Japan, off the coast of Miyagi. It has been reported that a one metre tsunami hit Japan a few moments ago local television channel NHK reported.
The Tohoku Electric Power Co shut down its Onagawa nuclear plant to check for any irregularities after the earthquake. Soon after the earthquake, Japanese authorities immediately urged everyone to seek higher ground.
The Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) said that the earthquake struck at a depth of 60 kilometres off the coast of Miyagi at 6.09pm local time.
Last month, Japan experienced a powerful earthquake that reportedly was an aftershock of the 2011 earthquake. The latter killed more than 20,000 people after a 9-metre tsunami hit Japan damaging several nuclear reactors, including the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster which was heavily damage. The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant was considered the most severe nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster.