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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 13:51 IST

WATCH | Tsunami waves of 1 meter high hits coastal Japan after 7.5M Earthquake

Coastal areas of Japan experienced a series of tsunami waves measuring one meter in height following a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5.

Reported by: Manasvi Asthana
Tsunami waves of one meter high hit coastal Japan.
Tsunami waves of one meter high hit coastal Japan. | Image:AP
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Coastal areas of Japan experienced a series of tsunami waves measuring one meter in height following a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5. The seismic event triggered significant oceanic disturbances, leading to the formation of these relatively moderate-sized tsunamis along the Japanese coastline.

On January 1st, Japan issued tsunami alerts in response to a series of powerful earthquakes occurring in the Sea of Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported seismic activity off the coast of Ishikawa and neighboring prefectures just after 4 p.m., including one earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6.

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The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a major tsunami warning for Ishikawa and lower-level tsunami warnings or advisories for the western coast of the island of Honshu. The alerts came after seismic events occurred in the region, heightening concerns about potential tsunami impacts.

Japanese local news outlet cautioned the public about the possibility of torrents of water reaching heights as high as 5 meters (16.5 feet). Urging immediate action, they advised people to flee to higher ground or the top of nearby buildings. Additionally, they warned that the tsunami waves might persist and alerts continued nearly an hour after the initial warning.

The government was scheduled to hold a news conference later in the day to provide updates on the situation. As of the initial reports, information regarding damage caused by the earthquakes and potential tsunami impact was not immediately available.

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A tsunami approximately 3 meters high was anticipated to hit Niigata and other prefectures along the western coast of Japan. Notably, the affected area included a nuclear plant and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (operator of the plant) stated that they were conducting checks, with no immediate reports of irregularities.

Japan, known for its susceptibility to earthquakes, faced another seismic threat. The country has a history of dealing with significant seismic events, as exemplified by the major quake and tsunami in March 2011 that led to meltdowns at a nuclear plant.

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 13:46 IST

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