Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes eastern coast of Japan, tsunami warning issued for Fukushima

Magnetude 6.9 earthquake has struck off the coast of the Fukushima Prefecture (Image: United State Geological Service)

Magnetude 6.9 earthquake has struck off the coast of the Fukushima Prefecture (Image: United State Geological Survey)

TOKYO (AP) – An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck Tuesday off the coast of Fukushima prefecture in Japan. A tsunami warning for waves of up to three meters (10 feet) was issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude at 6.9. The earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo, 240 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of the epicenter.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the quake struck around 6 a.m local time Tuesday (local time in Japan is 15 hours ahead of Central Time). The earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). It warned people along the coast to move to higher ground.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for the coastal areas of the Fukushima Prefecture, which is located along the eastern coast of Japan.

Tsunami warnings/advisories as issued by the Japan Meteorological Society

Tsunami warnings/advisories as issued by the Japan Meteorological Society

Fukushima prefecture is home to the nuclear power plant that was destroyed by a huge tsunami following an offshore earthquake in 2011.

The operator of the plant said there were no abnormalities observed at the plant, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

NHK urged people to flee the coast immediately, reminding them of the devastating 2011 quake that killed about 18,000 people.

NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center states that no warnings, advisories, watches or threats have been issued for the Pacific coast of North America.