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Japan issues tsunami warning and tells residents to evacuate after massive earthquake hits centre of country – live

Japan issues tsunami warning and tells residents to evacuate after massive earthquake hits centre of country – live


Key events

Russian authorities say there’s no evacuation in Sakhalin

Tass now reports that information about an ongoing evacuation in Sakhalin has been deleted from an official website, and that the regional emergencies department now says a tsunami alert has been issued but no evacuation of the population is being carried out.

Injuries reported in Japan

Gavin Blair

First reports are coming in of injuries from local hospitals, including broken bones, but no fatalities confirmed so far.

Fires have broken out in what appear to be homes on the Noto Peninsula.

Another earthquake, estimated at magnitude 5, struck at 6pm local time, triggering further warnings to residents.

Buildings and other structures weakened by the earlier quakes are particularly vulnerable to aftershocks.

Here is a map from the United States Geological Survey of the earthquakes in Japan.

You can access the map and more data here.

Map of Japan’s earthquakes Photograph: United States Geological Survey

Gavin Blair

20 earthquakes of magnitude 4 or stronger have struck off the coast of Ishikawa and neighbouring Niigata prefectures between 4.06pm and 5.29pm local time.

The strongest earthquake now estimated at magnitude 7.5.

Blackouts and burst water mains have been reported in towns in the affected area, while major roads are being closed due to cracks and other damage.

Tsunami advisories have been issued for as far as the northern island of Hokkaido and the southern island of Kyushu.

More images are coming in from Japan.

A torii gate is damaged after an earthquake at a shrine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. Japan issued tsunami alerts Monday after a series of strong quakes in the Sea of Japan.
A torii gate is damaged after an earthquake at a shrine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. Japan issued tsunami alerts Monday after a series of strong quakes in the Sea of Japan. Photograph: 津川康一/AP
A road sign informs drivers to exit the expressway due to earthquakes in Oyabe City of Toyama Prefecture of Japan, Jan. 1, 2024.
A road sign informs drivers to exit the expressway due to earthquakes in Oyabe City of Toyama Prefecture of Japan, Jan. 1, 2024. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock

Gavin Blair

Footage from Wajima city of collapsed and damaged houses, along with roads with huge cracks, has been broadcast by NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster.

The damage appears to be the result of the earthquake rather than the 1.2m tsunami that struck the area.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrived at his office at 5.15pm local time to assess the damage and lead the government’s response.

Cracks are seen on the ground in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, following an earthquake. Japan issued tsunami alerts Monday after a series of strong quakes in the Sea of Japan.
Cracks are seen on the ground in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, following an earthquake. Japan issued tsunami alerts Monday after a series of strong quakes in the Sea of Japan. Photograph: 高田香菜子/AP

Russia issues tsunami alert for Sakhalin

Russian authorities have issued a tsunami alert for the western coast of Sakhalin.

An evacuation is underway, the regional emergencies department said, Tass reported.

Japanese prime minister calls for evacuation

Fumio Kishida, Japan’s prime minister, has called on residents in affected areas to evacuate immediately, Reuters reported.

A government spokesperson, meanwhile, cautioned residents to prepare for possible further quakes.

A tsunami warning is shown on TV in Yokohama, near Tokyo.
A tsunami warning is shown on TV in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/AP

Here is a map published by the Japanese Meteorological Agency showing its latest warnings by area.

Latest tsunami warnings in Japan
Latest tsunami warnings in Japan Photograph: Japan Meteorological Agency

‘Major tsunami warnings are currently in effect,’ Japanese meteorological agency says

The Japanese Meteorological Agency said that “major tsunami warnings are currently in effect for coastal regions of Japan”.

On its website, the agency provided a list of regional alerts.

Tsunami alerts in Japan
Tsunami alerts in Japan. Photograph: Japan Meteorological Agency

Earthquakes hit Japan, triggering tsunami warning

A series of earthquakes hit Japan today, triggering tsunami alerts.

One of the earthquakes had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, Reuters reported.

The Japanese public broadcaster NHK TV said torrents of water could reach as high as 5 metres, the Associated Press reported. The public broadcaster urged people to flee to high land or the top of a nearby building.

A US Geological Survey map shows the location of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hitting the Noto region of Ishikawa prefecture, central Japan
A US Geological Survey map shows the location of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hitting the Noto region of Ishikawa prefecture, central Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the depth of the epicentre was shallow and a tsunami warning was issued along the country’s western coastal regions for Ishikawa, Niigata, Toyama, Yamagata, Fukui and Hyogo. Photograph: USGS/EPA



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