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A man looks at a TV showing news on a tsunami alert for the Okinawa region on Wednesday, in Tokyo. Image: AP/Eugene Hoshiko

Tsunami threat from quake off Taiwan downgraded in Japan


The tsunami threat from a strong earthquake that struck Taiwan has largely passed.

The Japan Meteorological Agency downgraded its forecast from 3 meters to 1 meter. One island had a wave of about 30 centimeters, while smaller waves were detected in other islands.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said there has been no report of injury or damage in Japan. He urged the residents in the Okinawa region to stay on safe ground until all tsunami advisories were lifted.

China issued no warnings for the Chinese mainland, and there was no threat for Hawaii and Guam.

More than two hours after the 7.4 magnitude quake struck Taiwan at 7:58 a.m., the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the threat of a tsunami has largely passed.

Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency gave the magnitude as 7.2 while the U.S. Geological Survey put it at 7.4. It struck about 18 kilometers south-southwest of Hualien and was about 35 kilometers deep.

In this image taken from video footage by TVBS, a partially collapsed building is seen in Hualien, eastern Taiwan on Wednesday. Image: TVBS via AP

In Taiwan, a five-story building in lightly populated Hualien appeared heavily damaged, collapsing its first floor and leaving the rest leaning at a 45-degree angle. In the capital, Taipei, tiles fell from older buildings and within some newer office complexes. Schools evacuated their students to sports fields, equipping them with protective yellow head coverings. Many small children also wore motorcycle helmets to guard against falling objects amid continuing aftershocks.

Train service was suspended across the island of 23 million people, as was subway service in Taipei, where a newly constructed above-ground line partially separated. The national legislature, a converted school built before World War II, also had damage to walls and ceilings.

Despite the quake striking at the height of the morning rush hour, there was little panic on the island that regularly is rocked by temblors and holds drills at schools and issues notices via public media and mobile phone. Schools and government offices were given the option of cancelling work and classes.

The head of Taiwan's earthquake monitoring bureau, Wu Chien-fu, said effects were detected as far away as Kinmen, a Taiwanese-controlled island off the coast of China. Multiple aftershocks were felt in Taipei in the hour after the initial quake. The USGS said one of the subsequent quakes was 6.5 magnitude and 11.8 kilometers deep.

China issued no tsunami warnings for the Chinese mainland. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii or the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

The quake was believed to be the biggest in Taiwan since a temblor in 1999 caused extensive damage. Taiwan lies along the Pacific ”“Ring of Fire," the line of seismic faults encircling the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquake's occur.

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Pray for Taiwan...

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Powerful quake. Tsunami.

Tsunami advisory for Japan.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Shocking scenes just coming in. Buildings destroyed. Many damaged. 3 meter tsunami predicted for Okinawa.

Pray for Taiwan. I hope all those on Okinawa can find refuge.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

On NHK everything looks kind of normal in Okinawa..

Let's wait nothing bad happens..

-14 ( +1 / -15 )

Maybe the focus should be on the safety and health of Taiwanese. Just saying ...

-4 ( +11 / -15 )

Maybe the focus should be on the safety and health of Taiwanese. Just saying ...

For Japan interest, the main news is about the tsunami..

Look for Taiwan's newspapaers..

Just saying..

-15 ( +3 / -18 )



Damn keyboard lol!!..

-19 ( +0 / -19 )

Praying for the Free Taiwanese.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Wishing Taiwanese safety and health. It's a very seismic area. The area that was hit hardest is more remote so there will be older buildings. 祝台灣的同胞安全健康.

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deanzaZZRToday  10:24 am JST

Maybe the focus should be on the safety and health of Taiwanese. Just saying ...

It is. On TV stations in Taiwan. On TV stations in Japan the news focuses on Japan. Just tossing some common sense.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Shocking Photo,

Pray for the People of Taiwan, keep safe everyone.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Japan has lifted tsunami warnings.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Let's think of ways that we can actually help them! Japan can send personal quickly to help with rescue operations and cleaning up. People in Japan can help by donating some money. I personally do not think that thoughts and prayers will help those who need it, but that is just my opinion and I respect everyone's right to a different opinion on the matter.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

The tsunami advisory remains in place for the Okinawa/ Ryukyu Islands.


-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Nothing happened here in Okinawa, I’m right on the beach at Araha

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wallaceToday  12:37 pm JST

The tsunami advisory remains in place for the Okinawa/ Ryukyu Islands.


Tsunami observed in parts of Okinawa, advisory lifted | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News


"Japan's Meteorological Agency has lifted a tsunami advisory issued for the Miyakojima and Yaeyama islands and the Okinawa Main Island. Officials are urging people to remain cautious as the tide level could change."

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

The JMA tsunami advisory remains in place as shown by the posted link.

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Japan Meteorological Agency|Tsunami Warnings/Advisories (jma.go.jp)


All tsunami advisories have now been lifted, including the Ryukyu Islands.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Not according to your link, except it is a Tsunami forecast.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Yonaguni Island, which is the closest to Taiwwan, is 112km away and tsunamis travel at 800 to 970 km per hour. The earthquake occurred more than 5 hours ago.

JMA has not updated it's website for more than an hour but it has issued statements that all tsunami warnings and advisories have been lifted.

A 30-centimeter tsunami was observed at the island of Yonaguni at 9:18 a.m. local time, while small waves of 20 centimetres also reached Ishigaki island and Miyakojima island, according to the JMA. Weather officials still urged people to remain cautious as the tide level could change.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

I'm sure the people of Japan remember well the kindness that the Taiwanese showed in their assistance and donations after the earthquakes in Tohoku (2011) and the recent Noto Earthquake.

Naturally, Japan will be offering various kinds of assistance to Taiwan.

Wishing for safety to all those affected in Taiwan!!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Some serious building damage and landslides.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Some serious building damage and landslides.

That's what the picture shows.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )


Some serious building damage and landslides.

That's what the picture shows.

Limited. More videos and photos online show extensive damage and landslides. Also, live video.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

How much is China is going to help rebuild Hualien?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Close call… be vigilant though as the next big one and Tsunami is just around the corner… 2004 Indonesia and 2011 Japan means the next big one is due soon! Can’t stop nature from flexing its muscles, all humans can do is be prepared and be cautious!

0 ( +1 / -1 )


Maybe the focus should be on the safety and health of Taiwanese. Just saying ...

There's a great article in the WORLD section you should check out all about the earthquake and the plight of the Taiwanese. Just saying...

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Many aftershocks to come.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Pray for China's Taiwan province..

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

Many aftershocks rolled across the country within five hours of the quake. Wu Chien-fu, director of Taiwan’s Seismology Center, said aftershocks reaching 7.0 could shake the nation of 23 million people for three or four more days.


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