A powerful earthquake off the northeast Japanese coast sent residents fleeing to higher ground and prompted worries about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by a tsunami five year ago. Lines of cars were seen snaking away from the coast after authorities issued a tsunami warning and urged residents to seek higher ground immediately.
The magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in the same region that was devastated by a tsunami in 2011, killing some 18,000 people. There were reports of minor injuries and damage. The earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo, 150 miles southwest of the epicentre.
NHK showed one person’s video of water rushing up a river or canal, but well within the height of the embankment. It was eerily reminiscent of the 2011 disaster, when much larger tsunamis rushed up rivers and overflowed, wiping away entire neighbourhoods.
Tsunami waves were also recorded along the coast. The highest one was 1.4 metres in Sendai Bay. A tsunami advisory was eventually lifted.