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The Japan Meteorological Agency says a massive magnitude-7.6 earthquake has struck Ishikawa Prefecture, in central Japan, along the Japan Sea coast.



A major tsunami warning has been issued for the prefecture. Tsunami warnings were also issued for prefectures of Niigata, Toyama, Yamagata, Fukui and Hyogo, also along the Japan Sea Coast.

This is the first time a "major tsunami warning" was issued since the 2011 earthquake in northeastern Japan. The warning is issued when tsunami of 3 meters or more are expected.

Tsunami advisories have been issued for the remaining prefectures on the Japan Sea Coast.
The city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, has observed a tsunami of more than 1.2 meters at 4:21 p.m. on Monday following the quake.

The city of Toyama, Toyama prefecture, also reported a tsunami of 80 centimeters at 4:35 p.m.

The city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture has observed 70 centimeters, and Okushiri Island in Hokkaido observed tsunami of 50 centimeters.

The port of Kashiwazaki in Niigata Prefecture and Tobishima Island off Sakata city, Yamagata Prefecture observed tsunami of 40 centimeters at 4:36 p.m.

The tsunamis are expected to repeatedly hit the coast and may become higher. People in those areas must evacuate immediately and escape to higher ground to stay far away as possible from the coast.

Reports of damage brought about by the massive quake are coming in.

Firefighters in Wajima City say a blaze broke out in the center of the city. Video footage shows massive fire in the area.

An official at a hospital in Suzu City in Ishikawa Prefecture says people who were injured in the earthquake have been transported there. Some doctors have been unable to reach the hospital as the roads have been damaged. The official also says the hospital is operating with a spare generator as power has been cut.

Police in the city of Himi in Toyama Prefecture say that they have received reports of cracks in roads at several locations as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
An official at the municipality of Oyabe, also in Toyama Prefecture, received several reports of broken water pipes as of 4:35 p.m.

Hokuriku Electric Power Company says about 33,000 households are without power in Ishikawa Prefecture. The number includes about 10,300 in Wajima City, 7,300 in Noto Town, and 7,100 in Suzu City.

East Japan Railway Company says operation of the Akita Shinkansen line was suspended around 5 p.m. local time. The Hokuriku Shinkansen lines have been also partially stopped their services and it's not known when service will resume.

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority says no problems have been found with the reactors at the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture following the earthquake.

Hokuriku Electric Power Company says both of the two reactors at the plant have been offline since before the earthquake.

NHK

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