Magnitude 7.4 quake hits near Japan’s Kumamoto; tsunami advisory issued

15 Apr, 2016 10:36 pm

KUMAMOTO – A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck southern Japan early on Saturday morning, triggering a tsunami advisory.

The quake’s epicenter was near the city of Kumamoto and measured at a depth of 40 km (25 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The USGS minutes earlier reported a 7.1 quake with a depth of 7 km close to the same location.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory, which identifies the presence of a marine threat and asks people to leave coastal regions, for the Ariake and Yatsushiro seas.

Local broadcaster NHK said the advisory suggested a possible wave of one meter in height. –Reuters

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