At least six people were injured when thousands fled for higher ground after Japanese authorities issued an imminent tsunami warning following a powerful 7.4 earthquake and a series of aftershocks off Fukushima Prefecture, reports.


The quake struck 67km northeast of Iwaki, a city located in the southern part of the Hamadori coastal region of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.


The initial 7.4 magnitude quake struck at 5:59am JST at a depth of 25km, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA). At least seven aftershocks followed the initial jolt.


Officials issued a tsunami warning and announced the evacuation of the areas close to the shore. Residents near the coast were told to seek higher ground and not to visit the shore until the warning is lifted.


Meanwhile the Pacific Tsunami Warning center has issued “a tsunami threat message for other parts of the Pacific located closer to earthquake,” while stressing that there is no tsunami threat for the US state of Hawaii.

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