According to CBS Radio producer Jay Borselle, the 7.3-magnitude earthquake that happened off the coast of Japan has come with orders for residents to evacuate, as seen in following tweet from his Twitter page.
The Daily Mail is echoing the sentiments, with the USGS calling the earthquake that happened in Japan a magnitude 6.9. The epicenter of the earthquake reportedly was located 37 kilometers east/southeast of Namie, Japan.
There are tsunami fears in the wake of the strong earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan in the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 22.
According to Borselle, the tsunami threats do not extend to Hawaii as of this writing.
The depth of the 7.3-magnitude earthquake — along with the epicenter near Fukushima — is causing concern. As seen in the photo above from Sunday, March 20, 2011, a huge shipped blocked the road after a tsunami wiped out the town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. Located in the northeastern region of Japan, the town was devastated after an earthquake struck the region on Wednesday, March 11, 2011.
Now, more than five years later, Japan has experienced another strong earthquake, which is sending fears of a tsunami and potential nuclear disaster out into the region. As of this writing, those fears of radiation levels rising are unfounded — as reported by Borselle in the follow tweets, which notes that the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has not displayed any rising radiation levels. However, keep an eye on social media for additional updates as the situation develops.
At least two tsunamis were observed off of the Ibaraki Prefecture coast north of Tokyo in Japan in the wake of the quake. The hashtags of #PrayforJapan and #PrayingforJapan began to appear on social media soon after news of the strong earthquake began to make the rounds online. The #PrayForJapan hashtag has swelled to nearly 7,000 tweets as of this writing.
The tsunami warnings accompanied the thought process that the tsunami might not travel far inland – but the warnings for residents at the shore to get to safer and higher ground were issued. Meanwhile, some of the comments being posted about the latest earthquake and tsunami to strike Japan showed that folks had lots of concerns about Japan suffering another natural event.
“A big tsunami is about to hit Japan again. They just finished rebuilding from the last one.”
“Pray for #Japan.”
“Stay safe Japan.”
“Prayers for Japan.”
“Hopefully everyone in Japan is safe.”
“Fingers crossed that the tsunami warnings in Japan keep everyone safe.”
“Sending a lot of love to #Fukushima! Stay safe everyone!”
“I am safe in the Osaka area, but I hope Fukushima is safe from the tsunami.”
According to the Associated Press, tsunami warnings for waves up to 10-feet high were issued after the earthquake. With plenty of live-streaming capabilities offered via modern technology, viewers could watch live video as tsunami waves were seen along the coast of Fukushima.
As seen in the above photo, two women bend in prayer over candles as they pray for the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that claimed the lives of an estimated 19,000 people. That devastating earthquake and the after effects of the tsunami sending powerful waves of water into coastal communities could be seen in videos that made their way around the world.
Those concerned about tsunami threats can turn to the National Tsunami Warning Center for news about any impending tsunami threats.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center can also offer more information about any tsunamis threatening the region.
Mass graves like the above one appeared in Japan, as victims were buried by Japanese funeral parlor worker like the man pictured above.
[Featured Image by David Guttenfelder/AP Images]