On Tuesday morning in Japan, reports indicated a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, which has since been downgraded to a 6.9, off the coast of Fukushima (where nuclear disaster struck in 2011 following a 9.0 magnitude quake). CNN is now reporting a tsunami warning for the prefecture. Waves have been already spotted 22 kilometers off the coast of Iwaki City, with CNN affiliate NHK confirming “backwash,” which is the usual precursor to much worse, has been spotted.
The U.S. Geological Survey has announced two major aftershocks already, with one arriving at a magnitude of 5.4 and the other at 4.8. While no deaths or injuries have been reported, the Japanese Public Broadcaster is telling residents of the area to evacuate, saying “Please do not think that you are safe. Please evacuate to high grounds. Please think about the worst-case scenario and evacuate right away.”
Live footage of the quake is utterly terrifying to watch.