Tsunami warnings for the entire western coast of Japan are in place at the momentThe Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued tsunami warnings for the coastal prefectures of Ishikawa, Niigata and Toyama, marking the first major warnings since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan. A major tsunami warning means waves of more than three meters are possible. Russia also issued tsunami warnings in its far eastern cities of Vladivostok and Nakhodka.
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The earthquake's magnitude of 7.6 is the largest recorded in the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture since records began in 1885, Japan's Meteorological Agency says.
A massive earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 hit central Japan on Monday, triggering a tsunami warning and advisories for residents to evacuate.
There has been a barrage of fairly powerful aftershocks, which are ongoing at the moment with the possibility of another mag 6+ or higher, see USGS map below. . .
Major Quake Outlook
While the deep low-pressure area has been replaced with a dominant high-pressure system there is still the possibility of powerful aftershocks all around the vicinity of Japan.
The deep-pressure system across the North Pacific area of Russia, the Aleutian Isles, Alaska and Canada could cause major quake activity in the following hours.