Tsunami alerts for the west coast of Japan are put into effect following a powerful earthquake measuring 7.6 in magnitude.

Japan Meteorological Agency warnings are in effect for Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama prefectures.
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Japan has issued tsunami warnings for three prefectures on its central west coast following a series of earthquakes in the Sea of Japan. One of the earthquakes had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6.
A tsunami measuring 1.2 meters has been confirmed in Wajima city, Ishikawa prefecture. The public broadcaster NHK has warned that torrents of water could reach as high as 5 meters.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued tsunami warnings for Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama prefectures.
Between 4:06 pm and 4:48 pm, eleven significant tremors were recorded, with the strongest ones at magnitudes of 7.6 and 7 on the Japanese seismic scale. These occurred at 4:10 pm off the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture. Buildings shook as far as 300km away in Tokyo.
NHK has issued warnings urging people to evacuate quickly to higher ground and be alert for aftershocks and further tsunami.
In an emergency press conference, government spokesperson Hayashi Yoshimasa stated that authorities are still assessing the extent of the damage and advised residents to prepare for potential additional earthquakes.
Footage aired by NHK appeared to show buildings collapsing in Ishikawa. According to the utilities provider Hokuriku Electric Power, over 36,000 households lost power in Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures.
Earthquakes originating off the Sea of Japan coast can cause tsunamis that reach the shore in less than 10 minutes, faster than those originating off the Pacific coast. The magnitude 9 earthquake in 2011 took approximately 30 minutes before the resulting tsunami hit the coastline.
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority reported no irregularities at nuclear power plants along the Sea of Japan, including the Ohi and Takahama plants in Fukui prefecture, which have five active reactors under Ki Electric Power. The Shika plant in Ishikawa, the closest plant to the quake’s epicenter, had already halted its two reactors for a routine inspection prior to the quake and experienced no impact from it, according to the agency.
Japan is prone to earthquakes. A massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, resulted in 18,000 fatalities in northeastern Japan. The disaster caused extensive devastation in towns and led to nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima. Following the disaster, nearly all of Japan’s nuclear power plants have been decommissioned.

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