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Japan earthquake: small tsunami strike Fukushima coastline after 7.4 magnitude quake
by Barney Henderson, David Lawler and Julian Ryall

--7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Japan
--Tsunamis of up to 90 centimeters recorded
--1.4 meter tsunami hits Sendai
--1 meter tsunami at Fukushima nuclear plant
--Residents ordered to evacuate from coastal areas
--Depth of the quake recorded at 10 km

Coastal residents in Japan were ordered to flee to higher ground on Tuesday after a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for waves of up to 3 meters in Fukushima and Miyagi prefecture, and a tsunami advisory for much of the rest of northeast Japan's Pacific coast. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Tsunamis of 1.4 meters and 90 centimeters were reported in Sendai and Soma about an hour after the 6 am earthquake, and the tsunami warning area was widened later in the morning.

Fukushima prefecture is home to the nuclear power plant that was destroyed by a huge tsunami following an offshore earthquake in 2011.

The Japan Meteorological Agency put the quake at 7.4 magnitude while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said it was 6.9 magnitude. It struck at a shallow depth of seven miles) shortly before 6.00 am local time on Tuesday (2100 GMT on Monday) in the Pacific off Fukushima.

New Zealand hit by 6.3 magnitude earthquake off North Island: USGS
Reuters via CNBC

People wait in Te Aro Park after being evacuated from nearby buildings following an earthquake in Wellington, New Zealand on November 14, 2016. Thousands of aftershocks have been registered since.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck central New Zealand on Tuesday, little more than a week after a powerful tremor centered in the upper South Island rocked the country and killed two people.

Tuesday's quake was centered off the coast of the North Island, 138 km (86 miles) from Palmerston North at a depth of 37 km (23 miles).

Thousands of aftershocks have been registered since a 7.8 magnitude quake struck near Christchurch in the early hours of Nov 14.

Magnitude 6.4 quake hits western Argentina – USGS

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has hit western Argentina in the province of San Juan, the US Geological Survey reports. The quake was felt across the border in the neighboring country of Chile, eyewitnesses reported on Twitter.

The epicenter of the quake, which struck at a depth of some 115.71 kilometers (71.9 miles), lies some 10.7 kilometers (6.7 miles) southwest of the town of Villa Basilio Nievas, center of the Zonda department, with a total population of about 3,000 residents.

According to the Centre’s estimates, about 10 million people are living in the affected area.

While the earthquake is considered to be too deep to cause any significant damage, local Sanjuan8 news portal cited eyewitnesses saying that some apparently frightened people ran screaming through the streets in panic as the quake shook the province.

The strong shaking was also reported in western Argentinean province of Mendoza, located some 75 kilometers from neighboring San Juan. Many residents rushed out of their homes out of fear, Los Andes reported. However, no injuries or damages have been reported in the province so far.

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