6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off the Coast of Japan: USGS

Tremors were felt 150 miles away in Tokyo.

At least four small tsunamis were detected following the earthquake. Fukushima's Iwaki City shore detected a tsunami around 6:49 a.m. local time, according to the Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), which broadcast a live shot from the city's Onahama port. A 2-foot-high tsunami was observed at the post at 6:49 a.m. local time.

Tsunamis were also detected at Katsuura port in Chiba prefecture, Soma port in Fukushima prefecture and Oarai port in Ibaragi prefecture at just after 7 a.m. local time, NHK reported.

Minor injuries were reported.

The earthquake hit in the Pacific Ocean east of Japan just before 6 a.m. Tuesday local time, at a depth of about 7 miles, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. A tsunami warning was issued for Fukushima's coast. A tsunami advisory was issued north and south of Fukushima, the agency reported.

People living in several coastal prefectures were told to evacuate immediately.

The water cooling system has stopped operating at the third reactor at the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant, said Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. But there are no concerns of sudden rises in the spent fuel pool or radiation leaks, Suga said.

No abnormalities were found at TEPCO's nuclear power stations after the earthquake, TEPCO said.

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