Tsunamis hit Japan after massive earthquake

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A massive earthquake of 7.4 in Japan has already caused several tsunamis of up to 1.2 m and even bigger waves are expected.

The earthquake struck Japan at around 16:10 Japanese time on Monday in the central area of ‚Äč‚ÄčNoto. National broadcaster NHK told residents to flee to “higher ground” soon after, as tsunami waves were possible within 300 km of the earthquake’s epicenter. The earthquake was followed shortly after by several smaller earthquakes of between 4.5 and 6.2.

According to AFP, a tsunami of 1.2 m has already arrived at the city of Wajima in Ishikawa. Another tsunami of up to five meters is expected in the Noto area, according to the Japanese meteorological agency.

Several buildings and other infrastructure have been damaged, but no deaths have been reported so far. The Japanese authorities have since confirmed that no irregularities have been reported at any of its nuclear power plants. Major highways around the epicenter of the earthquake were closed.

Thanks to strict building regulations, most of the country’s buildings are earthquake-resistant, but in 2011 a massive 9-magnitude earthquake under the sea off the Japanese coast caused a tsunami. It left 18,500 people dead or missing. The tsunami also caused three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant to collapse, triggering Japan’s worst crisis since the end of World War II.