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Fukushima: 7.3 earthquake hits Japan, tsunami warning issued

Published 21/11/2016

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck off Fukushima in Japan with a tsunami warning issued.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake struck around 6am  (9pm GMT) at a depth of six miles.

A tsunami warning for waves of up to three meters (10 feet) was issued.

Coastal residents in the area have been told to evacuate immediately to high ground or an evacuation building.

The broadcast warned residents to "not be complacent".

Fukushima's nuclear power plant was destroyed by a massive tsunami following an earthquake in 2011. More than 18,000 people were killed or reported missing.

The epicentre of the latest quake is not far from the facility. Broadcaster NHK said Tokyo Electric Power was checking the plant for damage.

Japan's Fukushima plant was crippled in the 2011 quake and tsunami (AP)
Japan's Fukushima plant was crippled in the 2011 quake and tsunami (AP)
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The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma (AP)
The Unit 4 reactor building of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station (AP)
A construction worker walks beside the underground water tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant (AP)
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