Travel Warning - Japan - Tsunami alert issued after 6.5 quake hits
A tsunami warning has been issued by the Japanese Meteorological Agency for the Miyagi prefecture in North Eastern Japan, after a 6.5 magnitude quake hit at 7:24 am JST Monday Morning.
The quake struck at a depth of 3.7 miles and was located around 70 miles east of Sendai. It was expected wave height would reach 0.5 metres, but national broadcaster NHK reported it was generally thought the worst of the tsunami had passed.
However, it did raise concerns that water levels could rise.
The site of Monday's event is situated near the area where a massive 9.0 magnitude quake struck on March 11. The tremors from that quake resulted in a ferocious tsunami which killed thousands, and caused devastating widespread damage. Included in the damage were several reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, leading to fears that some areas in Japan could be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.
Author: Phil Sylvester
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