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Japan hit by 4.5ft tsunami following earthquake

A traffic jam is seen as people evacuate after tsunami advisories were issued following the earthquake, in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. Credit: Kyodo Kyodo/Reuters

A tsunami of up to 4.5 feet (1.4 metres) has struck the coast of Japan, hitting the same region devastated by a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.

The tsunami hit the coast around Sendai, about 45 miles (70km) north of Fukushima, with smaller waves hitting ports elsewhere along the coast.

"We saw high waves but nothing that went over the tidal barriers," a man in the city of Iwaki told NTV television network, following the 7.4 magnitude earthquake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said the tsunami threat had now largely passed.

"Sea level fluctuations may continue along some coasts of Japan over the next few hours," it said.

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits New Zealand

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 has hit central New Zealand, little more than a week after a powerful tremor killed two on the South Island.

Tuesday's quake was centred off the coast of the North Island, 86 miles (138km) from Palmerston North at a depth of 23 miles (37km).

Thousands of aftershocks have been registered since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch in the early hours of Monday, November 14.

Tsunami warnings as earthquake strikes off coast of Japan

Japanese public broadcaster NHK reports on the tsunami. Credit: RTV

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 has triggered tsunami warnings across Japan.

The quake, which was felt in Tokyo, was centred 67 km northeast of Iwaki off the coast of Fukushima.

A tsunami of up to one metre (three feet) was observed in the area, following the quake shortly before 6am local time, Japanese media reported.

According to public broadcaster NHK, the Tokyo Electric Power Co said there was no damage to any of its power plants.

The epicentre of the quake was 67 km northeast of Iwaki. Credit: USGS

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Fukushima is home to the nuclear power plant that was destroyed by a huge tsunami following an offshore earthquake in 2011, spilling radiation out into the air and sea.

The earthquake that caused that disaster was magnitude 9, the strongest quake in Japan on record.

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New Zealand begins earthquake evacuations

The New Zealand military have begun evacuating Kaikoura. Credit: EBU

New Zealand has begun the rescue operation of about 1,000 tourists and residents of Kaikoura after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the region on Sunday.

The county's defence force said it started to evacuate people by military helicopter from 9am local time.

They said a navy ship from Auckland is due to arrive in the area on Wednesday morning.

Kaikoura is a popular destination for travellers on whale-watching expeditions and is home to 2,000 residents.

However Sunday's earthquake cut water supplies and sewerage systems leaving the entire population stranded.

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