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Massive earthquake rocks Japan coast, leading to tsunami warning

A tsunami warning was issued after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake near Japan

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A policeman stands on a street in Tokyo.

A policeman stands on a street during a black out in Tokyo Thursday, March 17, 2022, following an earthquake.

Kyodo News via AP

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the Japan coast Wednesday morning, triggering a tsunami warning for the country, per The Associated Press.

Details: The earthquake shook the area near Namie, Japan, just before 9 a.m. MST, according to the United States Geological Survey.

  • The earthquake led to a tsunami warning, suggesting the tsunami could be 1-meter in height, per NBC News.


What happened: About 700,000 households in the Tokyo region were knocked out because of the earthquake, said TBS, which is Japan’s national public broadcaster, per CBS News.

  • Buildings in eastern Japan started to sway because of the earthquake, The Associated Press reports.
  • Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force sent fighter jets to assess the damage in the area.

Worth noting: The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said that California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska shouldn’t expect any tsunamis, per ABC News.

Flashback: Northern Japan suffered from a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami about 11 years ago, The Associated Press reports.

  • The tsunami triggered nuclear plant meltdowns, too.