Major 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Taiwan, Japan Issues Tsunami Warning For Southern Islands

An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of Taiwan before 9 am Japanese local time on Wednesday, said the Japan Meteorological Agency, reported news agency AFP. The earthquake prompted a tsunami warning for southern Japanese islands with waves expected to be as high as three metres, or 9.8 feet, likely to hit the island of Miyakojima, the AFP report added. 

According to the Japan Times, tsunami warning was issued for Okinawa also and the officials urged those in affected areas to evacuate to higher ground immediately. 

A similar tsunami warning was issued by Taiwan as well where buildings in the eastern city of Hualien where buildings were shaken off their foundations, according to an Associated Press report, adding that the tremors were felt in the capital Taipei also. 


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