A earthquake of magnitude 7.7 registered on the island of Mindanaosouth of Philippinescaused this Sunday the activation of the tsunami warning in a large area of eastern Japanincluding the prefectures of chiba, Shizuoka and Kagoshima.
The powerful earthquake occurred around 10:30 p.m. (local time) on Saturday and It had a depth of about 32.8 kilometersaccording to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) activated the alert for several areas early on Sunday and said that a meter-high tsunami could reach Miyako Island and its surroundings in Okinawaas well as to other prefectures, including Aichi, Wed, Wakayama, Tokushima, Kochi and Miyazaki.
The Japanese agency also issued the alert for the island chain of Izuclose to Tokyoand the islands of Ogasawarasouth of the Japanese capital, and warned citizens to stay away from the coast and do not carry out fishing work until the tsunami warnings are lifted.
During the early morning a 40 centimeter tsunami was observed on the island Hachijoin Izuand tsunamis also reached the Pacific coast from Kyushu (south) until Kanto (center), according to the Japanese state broadcaster NHK, although according to authorities, no immediate damage was reported.
In the archipelago of Okinawa was ordered evacuation of several coastal areas of some of its cities, as happened in Miyazaki, Kochi either Tokushima.
Tsunami forecasts for many of these JMA areas were between 40 and 10 cm.