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Japan Earthquake LIVE: Tsunami warnings lifted; blackouts continue as aftershocks expected

Japan's northwest coast around Niigata prefecture was hit by an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 on Tuesday, with shaking strong enough to damage buildings and prompting a 0.2-1.0 metre tsunami warning. There were no immediate reports of damage, although areas hardest hit by the quake could not be contacted by telephone.

Tokyo Electric Power Co's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant was not affected by the quake, which hit 85 km ( 53 miles) northeast off the coast, with all of its seven reactors already shut down, NHK said. The quake struck at 10.22 p.m. local time (1322 GMT Thursday) at a depth of 10 kilometres. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude of the quake at 6.5.


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Updated: 18-06-2019 22:32 IST Created: 18-06-2019 20:26 IST
Japan Earthquake LIVE: Tsunami warnings lifted; blackouts continue as aftershocks expected

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10:29 PMIt is being reported that Japan Meteorological Agency has lifted the tsunami advisories that were issued for coastal areas of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa prefectures, according to NHK World News. Authorities, however, asked residents to stay alert for aftershocks.

10:18 PM"We will work closely with local authorities to provide any disaster measures including lifesaving and rescue operations and have instructed officials to provide information in a timely and accurate manner," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga - the top government spokesman - told a media briefing.

9:15 PMIt is being reported that various parts in Japan were hit with blackouts due to the impact of the strong earthquake.

9:09 PMMinor tsunami have been recorded, according to NHK World News. Several aftershocks were also recorded.A powerful earthquake hits northern Japan https://t.co/vfsFLaMg66 — Carolyn Holmes (@HolmesCarolyn23) June 18, 2019

8:54 PMA video showing the impact of the earthquake in Honshu is going viral on social media.Tsunami advisories are in place in northern Japan following a powerful earthquake.⁰https://t.co/YonM1ihRec — Twitter Moments Canada (@CanadaMoments) June 18, 2019Exact moment #Earthquake 6.8 Japanese island #Honshu a #tsunami warning urging to immediately abandon the coastal areas in four country regions: Yamagata, Niigata, Ishikawa, and Sadogashima island. pic.twitter.com/Uk5W101iDl — AnonChavez (@Chavezinfinite) June 18, 2019RT IrisVarelaM: Imágenes del momento exacto cuando iniciaba el terremoto de 6.8 en la isla japonesa de #Honshu, cabe resaltar que se activó alerta de #Tsunami Barricada79 ActualidadRT pic.twitter.com/ykau8IjnxY — Alcibiades Zamayo (@Alcibiades008) June 18, 2019RT IrisVarelaM: Imágenes del momento exacto cuando iniciaba el terremoto de 6.8 en la isla japonesa de #Honshu, cabe resaltar que se activó alerta de #Tsunami Barricada79 ActualidadRT pic.twitter.com/OlU6RnbYcY — Navierstoke (@Navierstoke4) June 18, 2019

8:47 PMNuclear power plants on west coast are reportedly safe from the earthquake but might fall in the path of a possible tsunami.JUST IN: No abnormalities detected at nuclear power plants after quake: Sugahttps://t.co/J2pYuZRiLM — Kyodo News | Japan (@kyodo_english) June 18, 2019JP EQ FAQ:1. Yes there was a large earthquake off the west coast of Japan tonight.2. No, I didn't feel it as I'm in Tokyo. Tokyo is east coast.3. Fukushima is also east coast.4. Yes there are nuclear reactors on the west coast, but they were offline and no problems reported. — Sean Bonner Ⓥ (@seanbonner) June 18, 2019

8:36 PMA tsunami was reportedly registered in northern Japan. The extent of damage is unclear.UPDATE: Tsunami registered in northern part of Japan in #Yamagata prefecture after earthquake - reports https://t.co/c69qmONkzKpic.twitter.com/xswg4TlEsW — Sputnik (@SputnikInt) June 18, 2019

18-06-2019 10:29:59 PM

Tsunami warnings lifted but officials ask residents to stay alert for aftershocks

It is being reported that Japan Meteorological Agency has lifted the tsunami advisories that were issued for coastal areas of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa prefectures, according to NHK World News. Authorities, however, asked residents to stay alert for aftershocks.

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18-06-2019 10:18:52 PM

Government monitoring situation; no loss of life has been reported yet

"We will work closely with local authorities to provide any disaster measures including lifesaving and rescue operations and have instructed officials to provide information in a timely and accurate manner," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga - the top government spokesman - told a media briefing.

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18-06-2019 09:15:27 PM

Blackouts hit parts of Japan; thousands of households affected

It is being reported that various parts in Japan were hit with blackouts due to the impact of the strong earthquake.

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18-06-2019 09:09:22 PM

Minor tsunami, several aftershocks recorded - media report

Minor tsunami have been recorded, according to NHK World News. Several aftershocks were also recorded.

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18-06-2019 08:54:27 PM

Video showing impact of earthquake in Honshu goes viral on social media

A video showing the impact of the earthquake in Honshu is going viral on social media.

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18-06-2019 08:47:02 PM

Nuclear plants marked safe from earthquake but at risk due to tsunami

Nuclear power plants on west coast are reportedly safe from the earthquake but might fall in the path of a possible tsunami.

 

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18-06-2019 08:36:41 PM

Tsunami registered in northern Japan - media report

A tsunami was reportedly registered in northern Japan. The extent of damage is unclear.

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