Tsunami warning in Japan after 6.8-mag earthquake strikes
Atsunamiwarning was in effect Tuesday night inJapanafter a 6.8-magnitudeearthquakeshook a northwestern part of the country.
Theearthquakeregistered off the western coast of Yamagata, roughly 30 miles southwest of the city ofSakata, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency. The shallow quake hit around 6 miles below the sea’s surface.
A tsunami warning was in effect in Japan late Tuesday after officials said an earthquake hit the country’s northwestern region.(U.S. Geological Survey)
The agency predicted that a tsunami of up to three feet could happen along the coast of the northwestern prefectures of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa. Officials don’t expect major damage as a result,The Japan Timesreported.
All seven reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata were offline and no abnormalities were reported.
Japan is one of the most earthquake- and tsunami-prone areas in the world. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 offshore quake hit the northeast coast, causing a tsunami that took more than 18,000 lives and triggered a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant.
On Monday, at least 12 people were killed and 135 others were injuredwhen a 6.0-magnitude earthquakeand 5.1-magnitude aftershock hit China’s southwestern Sichuan province, officials said.