Japan, the most seismic prone country in the world has again been hit by an earthquake with a magnitude as high as 7.4 (as declared by the Japan Meteorological Agency). Japan experiences about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes, which are of the magnitude of 6 or higher.
The areas such as Fukushima, along with the north-east of the country, have felt the triggers. Japan experienced a major earthquake in 2011, which caused massive loss of life.
Read on to catch the details of the earthquake Japan has undergone this morning.
The authorities of Japan have issued a warning of the tsunami. The area around Iwaki, Fukushima have been affected before 6.00 a.m.
A tsunami advisory is in effect for Japan's Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Honshu just before 6.00 a.m. Tuesday (4.00 p.m. Monday ET).
"A strong earthquake was observed off the coast of Fukushima a short while ago, and the tsunami alerts were issued.
From my side to the nation, we asked that proper and accurate information over the tsunami and the evacuation should be issued, and also to grasp and understand the condition of the damage as quickly as possible, and also to take proper emergency measures.
I called the chief cabinet secretary directly.
I would like to join hands closely with the local governments … and do our best to take appropriate emergency measures."
The evacuation has hampered the traffic of the country. It has disrupted the day to day work of the nation. #PrayForJapan
Tsunami warnings have been at Fukushima and Miyagi. The waves at Sendai airport have been recorded to be as high as 1.4 metres. The depth of the earthquake was measured to be 11.4 kilometres (around 7 miles). There were four aftershocks of magnitude at least 4.8, also recorded within the first hour of the quake.
We keep fingers crossed and hope that Japan does not experience much loss. #PrayForJapan
All tsunami warnings have been cancelled by the Japan Meteorological Agency for the Pacific coast of the country. This is what the agency has to say "Tsunami advisories have been lifted for the following coastal regions of Japan: Iwate prefecture, Miyagi prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture. Slight sea-level changes may be observed in coastal regions, but no tsunami damage is expected. Pay attention when fishing, swimming or engaging in other marine activities, as there may still be slight sea-level changes. No major tsunami warnings, tsunami warnings or advisories are currently in effect."
Although there are no reports of damage, but a one-metre high tsunami hit the coast at the nuclear plant. We just hope that there is no contamination of nuclear material in the water, which may affect the environment.