Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake near Fukushima disaster site: Reports

Srinagar: Coastal residents fled to higher ground as a powerful earthquake sent a series of moderate tsunami toward Japan’s northeastern shore Tuesday and fuelled concerns about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by a much larger tsunami five year ago, media reports said.

Lines of cars snaked away from the coast in the pre-dawn hours after authorities issued a tsunami warning and urged residents to seek higher ground immediately, the reports said, adding that the warning was lifted nearly four hours later.

The US Geological Survey measured Tuesday’s quake at 6.9, the report added.

The magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in the same region that was devastated by a tsunami that followed a much larger magnitude 9.0 quake in 2011, killing some 18,000 people.

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