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.”