JAPAN EARTHQUAKE FOOTAGE | JAPAN ISSUES TSUNAMI WARNING AFTER MAJOR QUAKE ROCKS COUNTRY
Japan on Saturday issued a tsunami warning after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the northeastern coast of the country, with shaking felt hundreds of miles from the epicenter.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency reported that the quake hit the coast of Miyagi Prefecture just after 6 p.m. local time, with a depth of approximately 40 miles, according to Reuters.
While the country’s weather service initially issued a tsunami warning for the area of up to 3 feet of water, this was later lifted, though the agency continued to predict slight sea level changes along the coast.
Japan’s NHK public broadcaster advised residents to avoid the coast, and added that the quake caused a temporary blackout in some areas and suspended bullet train services, according to The Associated Press.
The New York Times reported that the quake, which lasted for roughly 30 seconds, could be felt hundreds of miles away in Tokyo.