Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes


OTSUCHI, JAPAN - MARCH 19:  In this handout image provided by the International Federation of Red Cross Japan, a member of the Japanese Red Cross surveys a heavily damaged road March 19, 2011 in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, Japan.  More than a week after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan, the death toll has risen to over 8,000 with thousands more still missing.  (Photo by Japanese Red Cross/IFRC via Getty Images)


Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes off Fukushima in Japan, triggering tsunamis

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima in northeast Japan early Tuesday, sending residents fleeing to higher ground and prompting worries about the nuclear power plant destroyed by a tsumani five years ago.

Lines of cars were seen snaking away from the coast in the pre-dawn hours after authorities issued a tsunami warning and urged residents to seek higher ground immediately. The warning was lifted nearly four hours later.

The earthquake struck in the same region that was devastated by the 2011 tsumani, which killed some 18,000 people…Read More