This could be devastating! A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan near Fukushima, and already residents have been told to brace for a tsunami. Keep reading for more on the breaking details!
So scary! Residents of Fukushima, Japan are being told to immediately head to higher ground after a powerful 6.9 earthquake hit near the northeastern coastal city. The place is still reeling from the devastating 2011 quake and deadly tsunami that destroyed so much of the region. Waves of up to 10 feet are expected to be heading towards the shore, and tsunami warnings including loud alarms have been going off in coastal cities. Japanese TV has dire warnings onscreen saying “Evacuate immediately” over video from the affected area. It’s such a scary reminder of the destruction that could be heading their way.
“Tsunami warnings or advisories are currently in effect. Damage due to tsunami waves is expected. Evacuate immediately from coastal regions and riverside areas to a safer place such as high ground or an evacuation building. Tsunami waves are expected to hit repeatedly. Do not leave safe ground until the warning is lifted,” the Japan Meteorological Agency warned just after the quake struck around 5:59 am local time. How terrifying!
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) November 21, 2016
All eyes are on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which had a meltdown following 2011’s 9.0 quake, the strongest to ever hit Japan. During that crisis, over 18,000 people died or were left missing by the damage from the earthquake and the even deadlier tsunami that followed in its wake. The massive wave swallowed up entire coastal cities, flooding the region before receding back out into the ocean. The good news is that no damage has been reported as of yet from the quake itself, but the region is bracing for what destruction a tsunami might bring.
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