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Waves up to 5m high could hit Japan after powerful quakes

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Waves up to 5m high could hit Japan after powerful quakes

Japan has issued a major tsunami warning after a series of strong earthquakes.

The quakes hit Ishikawa and nearby areas, with one having a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Buildings have collapsed and tens of thousands of homes are without power – with people being urged to flee to high ground due to the tsunami threat.

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The purple line shows the major tsunami warning while the red one indicates a tsunami warning. Image: Japan Meteorological Agency

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The purple line shows the major tsunami warning while the red one indicates a tsunami warning. Pic: Japan Meteorological Agency

This image shows the epicentre of the Japan earthquake. Pic: USGS

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The epicentre of the Japan earthquake. Pic: USGS

The major tsunami warning has been issued for Ishikawa, along with lower-level warnings or advisories for the rest of the western coast of the island of Honshu.

A tsunami over 1.2m high struck Noto in Ishikawa, a spokesperson for the meteorological agency said.

They added there was a risk of fires, houses collapsing and landslides in areas hit by strong quakes and urged members of the public not to return to dangerous areas for at least a week.

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Waves up to 5m high are predicted, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK, which urged people to flee to high ground or the tops of nearby buildings as quickly as possible.

It warned tsunami waves could keep returning and warned more strong quakes could occur in the area over the coming days. Several aftershocks rocked the region.

Buildings collapse after an earthquake in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Pic: AP

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Collapsed buildings after an earthquake in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Pic: AP

People are evacuated following the earthquake in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Pic: AP

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People are evacuated following from their homes in Wajima City. Pic: AP

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida urged residents facing the tsunami threat to evacuate immediately following the earthquake.

“Residents need to stay on alert for further possible quakes and I urge people in areas where tsunamis are expected to evacuate as soon as possible,” he said.

Government spokesman Yoshimasa Hayashi said it was critical for people in coastal areas to get away from the oncoming tsunami.

“Every minute counts. Please evacuate to a safe area immediately,” he said.

A pavement is broken due to an earthquake in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Pic: AP

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The earthquake damaged the pavement in Wajima City. Pic: AP

A property on fire in Wajima City in Ishikawa believed to be related to the earthquake

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A property on fire in Wajima City which is believed to be related to the earthquake

Mr Yoshimasa said nuclear power plants in the area had not reported any irregularities.

More than 36,000 households lost power in Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures, utilities provider Hokuriku Electric Power said.

The tsunami could last for two days, an expert said. The secretary general of the Joint Tsunami Commission, Mohammad Heidarzadeh, told Sky News the natural disaster has the potential to create “long-lasting oscillations” due to its location in the Sea of Japan – an almost entirely enclosed basin.

“This means that for two days you could have large waves and then obviously an impact on countries on the other side like North Korea, South Korea, Russia,” he said. “We are just at the beginning of a disaster, I would say.”

Bottles and other items are fallen on a floor at a shop in Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture, Japan, after an earthquake. Pic: AP

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Damage in a shop in Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture, following the earthquake. Pic: AP

A torii gate collapsed at Onohiyoshi Shrine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, following an earthquake

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A collapsed torii gate at the Onohiyoshi Shrine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture

Russia issued a tsunami warning for parts of Sakhalin island’s western coast and the mainland cities of Vladivostok and Nakhodka, which are situated close to Japan on Russia’s east, while North Korea issued tsunami warnings for its east coast.

South Korea’s weather agency said the sea level in some areas along the east coast may rise after the earthquake.

Japan is extremely prone to earthquakes. In March 2011, a major quake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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