Fukushima quake & tsunami Live updates

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and volcano observations division director Koji Nakamura points at a map showing earthquake information during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan November 22, 2016. © Toru Hanai
A powerful 7.3 earthquake has struck off Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, triggering a potentially devastating tsunami which authorities warn could be higher than three meters as it reaches the shore.
  • 22 November 2016

    04:00 GMT

    Tsunami advisories were lifted by the JMA effective 12:50 pm local time for Iwate, Ibaraki, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.

    “Slight sea-level changes may be observed in coastal regions, but no tsunami damage is expected,” JMA said in a statement. “Pay attention when fishing, swimming or engaging in other marine activities, as there may still be slight sea-level changes.”

  • 03:37 GMT

    At least 297 schools in six Japanese prefectures were closed after the earthquake as authorities went on to issue tsunami warnings and alerts, the Ministry of Education reported. At least 85 schools suspended classes in Fukushima Prefecture. A further 152 schools were closed in Miyagi Prefecture and another 50 schools were shut in Iwate Prefecture. The earthquake affected the work of six schools in Ibaraki Prefecture, three facilities in Akita Prefecture, and one in Aomori Prefecture.

  • 02:15 GMT

    An eighth powerful offshore aftershock measuring 5.1 has been reported by USGS.

  • 01:24 GMT

    At least six people suffered minor injuries during the quake and tsunami, NHK reported.

  • 01:22 GMT

  • 01:16 GMT

    “Japan’s nuclear power plants have the most strict regulations in the world. We always think of the worst-case scenario … safety is the utmost priority ” Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary, told reporters as he confirmed the resumption of cooling functions at the Fukushima No. 2 power plant.

  • 00:57 GMT

    In addition to downgrading tsunami warnings to tsunami advisories in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, the JMA also announced that tsunami advisories have been lifted for the Pacific Coast, Kujukuri of Aomori prefectures as well as the Uchibo area of Chiba prefecture and Izu islands.

    “A marine threat is present. Get out of the water and leave coastal regions immediately,” the advisory states. “Due to the risk of ongoing strong currents, do not enter the sea or approach coastal regions until the advisory is lifted.”

    According to the latest JMA tsunami forecast, slight sea-level changes may be observed in coastal regions, but “no tsunami damage is expected.”

  • 00:56 GMT

    Tsunami warnings for the Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures have been downgraded by the JMA to alerts, signaling a lower level of risk.

  • 00:50 GMT

  • 00:49 GMT

    According to the latest reports from Sendai Airport, All Nippon Airways (ANA) went on to cancel 16 flights in the wake of the quake and ongoing tsunami warning. Japan Airlines canceled 10 flights.