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Japan earthquake: tsunami warning after 6.8 magnitude trembling near Niigata



Following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake near the coast of Japan, a tsunami alert was issued.

There were no immediate reports of losses, but the country's Meteorological Agency issued a warning for a tsunami of 0.2 to 1 meter in length on the northwest coast of the main island of Honshu.

The quake occurred at 22:22, about 30 miles southwest of the town of Sakata, with the coastal areas of Yamagata and Niigata prefectures and the Noto area in Ishikawa Prefecture affected by tsunami advice.


The epicenter of the quake is said to have been fairly shallow, about six miles below the ocean surface.

Flat quakes tend to cause more damage to the Earth's surface. However, the agency said that the expected "fluctuation" of the waves is unlikely to do any harm.

A map provided by the USGS shows the location of the earthquake (USGS).

The footage showed surveillance cameras on buildings in Niigata and Yamagata Prefectures shaking as the earthquake erupted on Tuesday night.

According to the public broadcaster NHK, the most affected place could not be reached by phone.