Officials warned of waves potentially reaching 16 feet after the 7.5 magnitude quake on New Year's Day.
Officials in Japan are urging residents in certain coastal regions to seek higher ground due to the threat of a tsunami after a massive 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck on Monday.
The New Year’s Day quake was followed by multiple powerful aftershocks.
The Japan Meteorological Association issued a “major tsunami warning” for portions of Ishikawa Prefecture, where the quake was centered, saying waves could reach 16 feet.
TV broadcasts urged “immediate” evacuation, with residents told to seek higher ground or move to the top floors of taller buildings.
Authorities issued a tsunami warning ― with possible waves of up to 10 feet ― for the rest of Ishikawa as well as Niigata, Toyama, Yamagata, Fukui and Hyogo prefectures. Most of the rest of the coast along the Sea of Japan was placed under a tsunami advisory, where smaller waves may be expected.