7.3 Earthquake off Fukushima

Developing – major earthquake at 05:59 JST this morning (Nov 22, 2016) off Fukushima, residents urged to evacuate and tsunami warnings placed in effect along the Pacific coast, including in Aomore, Iwate, Miyagi, Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures. Tsunami warnings downgraded at 9:46 JST, and advisories lifted for all areas except Miyagi and Fukushima.

When the tsunami warnings were implemented, people in Fukushima Prefecture were told to evacuate immediately to high ground, with waves forecast to reach 3 meters. A 1.4-meter tsunami was observed at Sendai port at 8:03 a.m; tsunami of 90 cm was observed in the city of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, at 7:06 a.m.; 50 cm was observed at 7:08 a.m.in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture. Also, 60 cm were observed in Onahama in the city of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. Reports for residents in the area say the evacuation is orderly.

TEPCO reported a spent fuel pool cooling pump at Unit 3 of the Daini plant stopped for approximately one hour but was restarted and no temperature rise was observed.

Safecast realtime sensors network is up and runnings to monitor any change in radiation levels. This sensor in Namie seems to be closest to epicenter. Updating regularly. This one in Iwaki is also close but a little further south which some reports indicated was closer:

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A screen shot taken from the Meteorological Agency website shows coastal parts of northern Japan that were predicted to be hit by tsunami of 1 to 3 meters this morning (Nov 22, 2016)

A screen shot taken from the Meteorological Agency website shows coastal parts of northern Japan that were predicted to be hit by tsunami of 1 to 3 meters this morning (Nov 22, 2016)

 

Earthquake intensity map

Earthquake intensity map

 

Earthquake intensity map

Earthquake intensity map

Good reporting from the Japan Times.