Japan, Taiwan, Philippines issue tsunami alerts after major earthquake | Weather News


Japan Meteorological Agency calls on residents in Okinawa to evacuate after 7.5-magnitude earthquake

Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines have issued tsunami warnings after a major earthquake.

The Japan Meteorological Agency y (JMA) said the 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck near Taiwan shortly before 9:00am Japanese local time (00:00 GMT).

The JMA said residents in areas around Okinawa Island, Miyakojima Island and Yaeyama Island should immediately evacuate, warning of waves up to 3 metres (9.8 ft) high.

“Tsunami waves are approaching the coasts. Evacuate as quickly as possible. Waves can hit repeatedly. Continue to evacuate until all warnings are lifted,” the meteorological agency said.

In Taiwan, the quake was felt across the island, with video shared on social media showing some buildings shaken off their foundations.

Taiwanese authorities issued a tsunami alert for coastal areas, calling on residents to be “vigilant.”

The Philippines’ seismology agency said coastal areas were expected to experience “high tsunami waves”.

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