Tokyo: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 struck northeastern Japan’s Fukushima triggering a 1.4 meters tsunami wave on Tuesday. At least two persons were injured in the calamity.

Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures on the Pacific in northeast Japan was struck by a devastating tsunami in 2011.

The quake registered lower five on the Japanese seismic scale of seven in northeastern Fukushima prefecture, Xinhua quoted the Japan Meteorological Agency as saying.

Tsunami evacuation orders were issued in areas including Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori by the weather agency, as the first wave of tsunami was observed at coastline 20 km east of Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture and then 1.4-metre tsunami were observed in Sendai in northeastern Miyagi prefecture after the quake.

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The weather agency also warned of further tidal waves of up to three metres for Fukushima and one metres for other parts of the coastline facing the Pacific.

Two old men were injured in Fukushima, with one struck by falling tableware at home and the other cut by broken glass at a nursing home.

The epicentre of the quake was at a latitude of 37.3 degrees north and a longitude of 141.6 degrees east and occurred at depth of 10km, said the weather agency.

The temblor was centred in waters offshore of northeastern Fukushima prefecture which borders the Pacific Ocean and is to the northeast of the nation’s capital city of Tokyo.

The jolt, centred in the Fukushima, could be felt in central Tokyo and also shook other northeastern Japanese prefectures including Tochigi and Ibaraki.

In addition, Shinkansen train services were partially suspended in eastern Japan and power outage affected at least 1,100 households in Fukushima prefecture and central Niigata prefecture.

First Published | 22 November 2016 7:40 AM
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