A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.2 has shaken the coast of northeastern Japan at a depth of 60 km on Saturday. The quake hit the coast at 6:09 pm (Japanese time).
As per the details, at least one person has been injured. According to Japan’s media, the earthquake measured up to a strong 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7.
According to the international source NHK, Tsunami waves up to 1 meter may have reached the Miyagi Prefecture coast shortly after 6:30 p.m. The authorities had lifted the warnings by 7:30 pm.
The town of Watari had issued an evacuation warning due to a tsunami advisory. Over 6,911 residents were asked to evacuate the area.
Moreover, sources said that the electricity supply to two hundred homes in Kurihara, Miyagi Prefecture was suspended. Services are likely to be resumed at 10 pm.
A crisis management center has been established at the Prime Minister’s office. The center is working with related ministries, agencies, and local governments to gather data on any damage. In Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, evacuation centers at 69 locations have been opened.