South Korea Issues Tsunami Warnings Following Japan Earthquake

Seoul, South Korea - In response to a major earthquake off the west coast of Japan, South Korea issued tsunami warnings on Monday for areas along the East Sea. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) reported that a 7.6 magnitude earthquake near Ishikawa, Japan, could lead to rising sea levels affecting the South Korean east coast. The expected tsunami, estimated to be under 50 centimeters in height, is predicted to reach the eastern city of Gangneung by 6:29 p.m. and the southeastern town of Pohang by 7:17 p.m.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the tsunami's impact might intensify as it approaches the shore. In preparation, the eastern province of Gangwon, which borders the East Sea, has dispatched tsunami alerts to residents in six coastal cities and counties, advising evacuation to higher grounds. Local maritime police are closely monitoring the situation and have not reported any damage as of early Monday evening. Additionally, Gangwon's meteorological authorities issued warnings for high waves, with winds reaching up to 16 meters per second, and cautioned that low-lying coastal regions are at risk through Monday night and early Tuesday.

Following the earthquake, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a major tsunami warning for Ishikawa and lower-level tsunami warnings for other northwestern coastal areas of Honshu. Japanese media reported potential water surges up to 5 meters, but no immediate damage has been confirmed. The South Korean foreign ministry stated that there have been no reports of injuries or damages to South Korean nationals in Japan as of Monday evening. The South Korean Consulate General in Niigata, overseeing Ishikawa, is ready to assist the approximately 1,200 South Korean residents in Ishikawa Prefecture and 800 in Toyama Prefecture.

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