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Magnitude 7.6 Earthquake Strikes North Central Japan, Triggering Tsunami Warning

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Tokyo, Jan 1 (Reuters) – A seismic event with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 jolted north-central Japan on Monday, as reported by public broadcaster NHK.

The Japan Meteorological Agency swiftly issued a tsunami warning for the western coastal regions of Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama prefectures. The warning came in response to the potential threat of tsunami waves, reaching heights of up to 5 meters in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, according to the weather agency.

NHK reported that waves exceeding 1 meter in height have already struck the coast of Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture. Concurrently, Hokuriku Electric Power is actively assessing its nuclear power plants for any irregularities, NHK stated.

This is a developing situation, and updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama and Kantaro Komiya; Editing by Kim Coghill and Neil Fullick

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