A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.3 points occurred off the coast of Japan on Tuesday morning local time, reports Reuters, citing data from the U.S. Geological survey. The epicenter was located 67 kilometers North-East of the city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture.
TASS with reference to the meteorological Agency of Japan reports that the declared threat of a tsunami. Local residents are encouraged to immediately leave the coastline. Expected tsunami wave height of at least 3 meters should hit the North-Eastern part of the country in the near future.
At the office of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe established emergency headquarters to gather information about the earthquake. This was announced by the local government.
Meanwhile, Japanese operators are now urgently checking whether suffered from a natural disaster of national NPP.
In particular, inspection of nuclear power plant “Fukushima-1″ is the company-operator “Tokyo Electric Power” (TEPCO). Also checked the nuclear power plant”, Onagawa” and “Tokay”. To date information about emergency situations at nuclear power plants were reported.