Tsunami waves hit Japan after massive earthquake strikes Japan

Collapsed torii gate caused by an earthquake is seen at Onohiyoshi Shrine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, on January 1, in this photo released by Kyodo. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters

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Tsunami waves hit Japan after massive earthquake strikes Japan
Ishikawa, Japan: A powerful earthquake and tsunami struck central Japan and its western coast on Monday, triggering warnings for residents to evacuate, knocking out power to thousands of homes and disrupting flights and rail services to the affected region.

Waves as high as 1.2 metres were observed after a series of strong quakes struck Japan’s western coast on Monday afternoon, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

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Earlier, the weather agency issued tsunami warnings for a broad swath of the country’s western coast, including Ishikawa, Fukui, Niigata, Toyama, Yamagata and other prefectures, following the earthquakes, Xinhua news agency reported.

Public broadcaster NHK had warned that torrents of water could reach as high as 5 metres and people were urged to flee to high land or on top of a nearby building as quickly as possible.

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