Update: The tsunami warning has been lifted. 

A huge earthquake off the northern coast of Japan rocked the region, subsequently triggering a tsunami.

Early on Tuesday, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit the country’s northeastern coast. 

 

The quake briefly disrupted cooling functions at a nuclear plant and triggered a small tsunami.

The tsunami was seen along the coastline of the Fukushima region.

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An aerial photo showing Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant / Source- AP

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“The tsunami siren warning can be heard from the coastline,” a local told AFP. “The ground is still shaking. I’m so scared. But my concern is rather the situation at the nuclear plant.”

The magnitude was strongly felt in Tokyo, sending thousands of people to a higher region, seeking safety.

So far, there have been no reports of serious injuries or deaths.

The tsunami waves that hit the region were recorded at up to 4.5 ft high at Sendai, with smaller waves hitting elsewhere along the coast.

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“We saw high waves but nothing that went over the tidal barriers,” a local reported to NTV television network.

No major damage has been confirmed so far. However, people are extremely terrified.

All necessary measures are being taken in order to ensure the safety of the people living in the region. The local authorities have evacuated the coast and are facilitating all information needed to maintain order.

 

A similar disaster killed 16,000 people in 2011. At the time, an additional 2,500 were reported missing and never found.