An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast, and a tsunami watch is in effect. – Nikkei
A tsunami warning has been issued for Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea following a massive earthquake in Japan on Friday, according to reports.
The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-meter tsunami.
The earthquake that hit Northern Japan on Friday afternoon has been upgraded to 8.9, according to reports. The earthquake was initially thought to have a magnitude of 7.9
The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on Friday is the strongest ever to hit the country, according to historical data on the U.S. Geological Survey website. Data stretch back to 1891 and included in those records are ones that have hit near coastal areas of Japan. In 1896, an 8.5 quake hit Sanriku, Japan, killing 27,000 and causing a tsunami of 25 meters. The quake that resulted in the most fatalities occurred in 1923, when a 7.9 quake struck Kanto, killing 143,000. It is one of the world’s most destructive earthquakes in history. In recent history, the Kobe quake of 1995 was the most deadly, measuring 6.9 and killing 5,502. Japan is located on a fault line called the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it prone to earthquakes over history.
A powerful earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Friday, causing buildings to sway in Tokyo and triggering a tsunami alert. japan rest along the The Pacific Ring of Fire.
Strong earthquake shakes buildings in Tokyo; Japan issues tsunami warning.
A nuclear plant on the Pacific coast in Miyagi Prefecture has been automatically shut down Friday following a powerful earthquake that hit a wide area in northern Japan, the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
The company also said it kept operating the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant on the Sea of Japan coast in Niigata Prefecture after the 8.9 Magnitude quake.
There are no immediate signs of any problems in the Hamaoka nuclear plant on the Pacific coast in Shizuoka Prefecture.