Tokyo: The Fukushima prefecture of Japan has been hit by a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake and the government of Japan has issued a tsunami warning.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the earthquake measured at 7.3 on the richter scale, whereas the Tokyo based news agency Nippon has reported that a three meter tsunami warning has been issued.
The epicenter of the earthquake is 67 kilometers away from the city of Iwaki which is located in the Hamadori region of Fukushima prefecture.
The depth of the earthquake is reported to be 10 kilometers.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a warning that says, “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 Pacific Tsunami Center initially issued tsunami warnings for the Iwate prefecture, Miyagi prefecture, Aomori prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture and parts of the Chiba prefecture, but later it was found out that the threat was not as high as first expected and the warning was subsequently downgraded.
There were also reports that the third reactor of the Fukushima nuclear plant’s cooling system has stopped working after the massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake, however TEPCO confirmed that the system was restarted after almost 90 minutes of shutting down.
Although the exact reason for cooling system failure is not known but it is speculated that it might have stopped working due to the massive shocks of the Earthquake.