On wee hours of Tuesday morning, a powerful earthquake off the northeast Japanese shore sent residents fleeing to higher ground, prompting worries about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by a tsunami five years ago. The magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in the same region that was devastated by a tsunami in 2011, killing some 18,000 people. There were reports of minor injuries and damage, Japanese broadcaster NHK said. The earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo, 240km southwest of the epicentre.
Lines of cars were seen snaking away from the coast in the pre-dawn hours after authorities issued a tsunami warning and urged residents to seek higher ground immediately. The warning was lifted nearly four hours later.
NHK also showed one person’s video of water rushing up a river or canal, but well within the height of the embankment. It was eerily reminiscent of the 2011 disaster, when much larger tsunamis rushed up rivers and overflowed, wiping away entire neighbourhoods. People have already uploaded various terrifying videos that show the earthquake hitting various Japanese cities, and the panic that ensued – from street views to video snippets of homes and offices.
Here are five videos that capture the moment when the quake hit Japan.
You can actually see the street splitting in the video!
A resident shoots inside his home as things start falling off the shelves because of the earthquake.
Footage from NHK shows the moment when the 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the port area of Iwaki city.
You can see the ripples in this canal here.
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