Japan: Tsunami Warning Issued As 7.0 Earthquake Hits Southern Coast


A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake has struck off the South West coast of Japan.

The Japanese meteorological agency have issued tsunami warnings for three regions

Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately,” the JMA’s warning said.

According to the USGS The quake struck 159 km (99 miles) south west of the city Makurazaki in the Kagoshima Prefecture.

The quake’s epicenter was pinpointed at a depth of 10 kilometers, after it struck at 5:51 am (2051 GMT Friday).

While the Japanese agency continues to list the earthquake as a 7.0, the USGS has downgraded it to 6.5 on the Richter magnitude scale.

Update: A small tsunami was triggered with no immediate reports of damage or injury

A tsunami advisory for the Kagoshima prefecture and a few of  the small islands was lifted at 7:20 a.m. local time.