7.4 magnitude quake hits Japan, tsunami warning sounded
An earthquake of 7.4 magnitude on Tuesday triggered tsunami waves of up to 1.4 metres around Sendai, about 70 km north of Fukushima prefecture in Japan, Reuters reported. The quake struck on Tuesday about 6 am local time (21:00 GMT Monday), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The Japanese authorities urged residents in those northeast coastal areas to leave immediately for higher ground and not return until warnings had been lifted.
A cooling pump system was temporarily stopped after the quake but soon resumed operation, a spokesman for the Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc (TEPCO) told CNN. No abnormalities or change in radiation levels were reported. The process was reportedly resumed soon after. People along the coast evacuated fearing aftershocks and stronger tsunami waves.
More than 18,000 people were killed or reported missing following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The nuclear meltdown contaminated the surrounding area, displacing at least 100,000 people from their homes. All reactors in the Fukushima nuclear plant were shut down following the 2011 disaster, but cooling is still needed for the used nuclear fuel stored on the site.
All reactors in the Fukushima nuclear plant were shut down following the 2011 disaster, but cooling is still needed for the used nuclear fuel stored on the site.