Earthquake Strikes Japan, Tsunami Warning Issued

By Faye Higbee

An earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan in Fukushima Prefecture. That’s the same area that produced a devastating 9.0 earthquake in April of 2011.It was at first graded as a 7.3, but quickly downgraded to 6.9.
The quake struck at a depth of 6 miles at around 6 a.m. Tuesday local (about 4:00 p.m. Monday Eastern).

A tsunami warning for up to 10 foot waves was issued. Warnings were also issued for people along the coast to evacuate immediately. Authorities were checking the nuclear plants at Fukushima for damage, but as yet have found none, according to the Telegraph UK. A small tsunami of less than 2 feet was observed in one port, according to local news NHK.

Ships were reportedly moving out to sea from Fukushima ports in an effort to stay away from potential tsunami danger.

Reports of at least one minute of shaking came in, and one report of an aftershock. Most of Japan’s nuclear power plants are now located in the Southwest of the country after the devastating effects of the 2011 quake. But the remaining two reactors at Fukushima still need to have cooling to keep the cores cool.

Japan Railways suspended service of their bullet trains to give them time to check the tracks for breaks.