A huge 7.3 magnitude Japan earthquake struck off the coast of the Fukushima region of Japan at 2:10 AM Tokyo time (1:10 PM ET) on Friday. According to the U.S. Geological Service, the epicenter for the Japan quake was 231 miles east of Honshu Island. A tsunami warning has been issued for Fukushima Prefecture in response to the quake.
Although NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement that a Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected, Japanese residents near the affected coast have been warned to go inland. “Marine threat is in place,” the Japan Meteorological Agency stated in a tsunami warning issued at 1:14 PM ET. “Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately.”
Despite the high magnitude of the quake and the tsunami warning, no significant damage or coastal flooding is expected. The Japanese earthquake was reportedly felt 300 miles away in Tokyo.
We are glad to hear little damage is expected and no injuries are being reported so far. But it always makes us nervous when we hear anything about an earthquake in Japan, especially anywhere near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The country certainly doesn’t need any more damage to any of the 50 nuclear reactors in Japan, only two of which remain online since the massive 9.0 earthquake back in March 2011.