Just last year, Japan suffered one of the most violent tsunamis ever experienced by man. When the powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit just off the coast Miyagi at 5pm on Friday, over 5,000 people fled for safety, remembering the devastation they are still recovering from. The Japanese locals were making an exponential amount of phone calls, which made it difficult for officials to evacuate the high-risk areas, especially those at the shoreline. Officials pleaded for people to move to higher ground as quick as possible, but with the jammed phone lines, it was difficult to broadcast the information.
Just after 6pm, the one-meter high waves hit the city of Ishinomaki according to meteorologists. Ishinomaki suffered severe damage from the 2011 earthquake that killed thousands of their own residents. This earthquake, however, has shown no reports of immediate fatalities.
The city of Soma, Japan was also hit by a smaller tsunami with a 40-centimeter wave. Soma exists just outside the evacuation zone that was fixed around the Fukushima nuclear plant after last year’s earthquake. There were no reports of damage to the nuclear plant.
According to NHK’s reports, 10 people were injured in the earthquake that hit Japan, however, none were thought to be serious. Normal transportation services have resumed after brief system interruption.
The tsunami that just occurred in Japan was thankfully not nearly as destructive as the 2011 storm: