Magnitude 6.5 natural disaster strikes off coast of Japan

Clay Curtis
June 18, 2019

Is there a tsunami warning in place?

Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake's epicentre was fairly shallow, measuring about 10 kilometres (six miles) below the sea's surface.

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0-magnitude quake struck under the Pacific Ocean, and the resulting tsunami caused widespread damage and claimed thousands of lives. It read: "A marine threat is present".

Public broadcaster NHK reported that people were being told not to go to the coast and if they were there already, to exit the water and "leave coastal regions immediately", reported The Sun.

Footage from the moment the quake hit shows surveillance cameras on buildings in Niigata and Yamagata prefectures shaking from the tremors.

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All seven reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata were off line and no abnormalities have been reported.

The US' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that the warning had not been extended to Hawaii and Guam.

An quake has jolted northwestern Japan, and officials are warning of a tsunami of up to one metre high along parts of the coast.

In March 2011, Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude quake, its worst ever.

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 natural disaster struck under the Pacific Ocean resulting in a tsunami that caused widespread damage and claimed thousands of lives.

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