A 6.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Fukushima, Japan and now a tsunami warning has been issued. The latest reports are urging people in Fukushima to go to higher ground, saying a 3-meter high tsunami may be about 20 kilometers from shore. The earthquake was originally said to be a 7.3, but it was later downgraded to a 6.9 by the USGS. However, the Japan Meteorological Agency is giving the quake a magnitude of 7.4.
The newscast in the video above provides live coverage from Japan with the latest news on the tsunami. The epicenter was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 6 miles, Reuters reported. It struck at about 6 a.m. local time, 4 p.m. Eastern. If the feed above goes down, you can also watch a live Periscope stream from a meteorologist from NHK World in Tokyo, reporting in English here. You can also watch a webcam of the Fukushima plant here and a Kamaishi port camera here.
Below is a live stream from Kamaishi City, located in Iwate Prefecture next to Fukushima.
According to Breaking 911, there is no tsunami threat to the U.S. west coast or to Hawaii.
An inflow of water from the tsunami started to be reported around 5 p.m Eastern at the Iwaki Port:
After that, a two-foot tsunami arrived at Onahama Port in Fukushima, followed by a 3-foot tsunami at Soma, the city hit by the 2011 tsunami, Telegraph reported. Tsunami waves also reached the nuclear power plant.
Below is an unofficial tsunami simulator, provided by Breaking 911 weather:
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