M7.5 quake hits off Taiwan, tsunami reaches southwest Japan isles


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TOKYO – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 struck off Taiwan on Wednesday, with small tsunami reaching nearby southwestern Japanese islands.

The quake caused some buildings to collapse in Taiwan’s Hualien County, according to local media.

Image taken from video footage run by TVBS shows a partially collapsed building in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, following a powerful earthquake on April 3, 2024. (TVBS/AP/Kyodo)

Small tsunami reached the islands of Yonaguni and Ishigaki in Okinawa Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological agency said, while warning of the possibility of larger tsunami of up to 3 meters.

The 8:58 am quake registered 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Yonaguni, the agency said.

Flights were suspended at Naha airport following issuance of the tsunami warning, with passengers advised to move to higher floors of the terminal building, its operator said. The airport is located on the coast of the main island of the prefecture.

People evacuate to higher ground in Okinawa’s Naha following a tsunami warning triggered by an earthquake on April 3, 2024. (Kyodo)

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