Earthquake in Taiwan | Japan orders the evacuation of about 500,000 people in Okinawa after tsunami without damage | Earthquake | Tremor | USGS | WORLD

Earthquake in Taiwan | Japan orders the evacuation of about 500,000 people in Okinawa after tsunami without damage | Earthquake | Tremor | USGS | WORLD
Earthquake in Taiwan | Japan orders the evacuation of about 500,000 people in Okinawa after tsunami without damage | Earthquake | Tremor | USGS | WORLD

The authorities of Japan evacuation orders were issued for nearly 500,000 people this Wednesday following the tsunami alert triggered by a strong earthquake near the coast of Taiwanalthough they did not report any relevant damage to the archipelago.

Many inhabitants of the main city of Okinawa, Nahathey evacuated to a park located fifteen minutes from the port of Tomariand located at a higher altitude, while in images broadcast by the state channel NHK, citizens were also seen on the roofs of their buildings.

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“The tsunami is going to last for a long period of time and the growth of the waves will be repeated several times,” a JMA spokesperson said today at a press conference and noted that “the next waves could be larger.”

A first tsunami of 30 cm arrived at 9:18 (00:18 GMT) on the Japanese island of Yonaguni, with a population of 1,719 inhabitants, as detailed NHK. Another tsunami of 20 cm reached the island of Ishigaki at 9:32 (00:32 GMT) and of equal height to Miyako at 10:03 (1:03 GMT).

He earthquake It occurred at 8:58 this Wednesday Japanese local time (23:58 GMT on Tuesday) with the epicenter off the east coast of Taiwan already very shallow, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA), which pointed to a preliminary magnitude of 7.5, which was later revised upwards to 7.7.

The China Seismological Networks Center reported, however, that the earthquake was of magnitude 7.3, according to its estimates.

On the island of Yonaguniin Okinawathe earthquake reached grade 4 out of 7 on the Japanese scale, which focuses on measuring the agitation at the surface and the destructive potential of the tremor, while in Ishigaki and Taketomi it was 3 and in Miyako and Tarama it was 2.

The tsunami warning was initially issued for the coasts of Miyakojima and Yaeyamain addition to the main island region of Okinawa, with an estimate that waves could reach 3 meters high.

After about two hours of earthquakewhich was followed by other tremors of considerable magnitude, The alert was lowered to a tsunami warning, from 3 to 1 meter.

This was the first tsunami warning for the Okinawa archipelago since the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. that triggered the nuclear disaster Fukushima and left several thousand victims in the northeast of the country.

Behind the earthquake and the alert, flights were suspended to and from the airport of Nahaon the main island of Okinawaand mostly redirected to the nearby island of Kyushu, while passengers who were at the airport were evacuated to the upper floors due to their proximity to the coast.

 
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