Massive earthquake hits Taiwan: Japan points tsunami alert

A large 7.5-magnitude earthquake has hit Taiwan, sparking fears of three-metre tall tsunami waves affecting Japan’s southern islands.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued a tsunami alert for the southern islands of the Far Eastern nation following the tremor, which occurred shortly earlier than 9am Japanese native time (12am GMT).

A put up from the JMA’s catastrophe preparation account on X, previously Twitter, has warned these within the affected areas to not go away designated protected zones till given the all clear.

A translation of the tweet learn: ‘As of 09:01 on the third, a tsunami warning has been issued. Tsunamis strike repeatedly. Do not go away your protected space till the warning has been lifted.’

The JMA says the Okinawa and Miyajokima and Yaeyama island groupings are vulnerable to tsunamis as much as three metres (10feet) excessive.

Multiple movies have been shared of harm to Hualien, a metropolis on the east coast of Taiwan near the epicentre of the quake. 

Another video of webcam within the Taiwanese capital of Taipei confirmed the digital camera being juddered by the convulsions.

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A map issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) exhibits the epicentre of the earthquake off the coast of Taiwan (the ‘x’ image) in addition to the islands probably to be affected, highlighted in crimson