A tsunami warning was lifted after a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Japan.

The 6.8 magnitude quake was recorded off Yamagata Prefecture in the north of the country.

Japan’s meteorological agency had originally warned that tsunamis were “expected to arrive imminently” in the coastal areas of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa, with an advisory issued for four coastal regions.

Residents were told to evacuate those coastal regions immediately and to not enter the sea or approach the coastal regions until the advisory has been lifted. More than 25 people are reported to have been injured

Slight sea-level changes may be observed in coastal regions, but no tsunami damage is expected following the tremor at 10.22pm local time on Tuesday.

Latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commnonwealth Office said: “Tsunami cautions have been lifted but local authorities warn of the possibility of aftershocks.

“There are reports of power cuts in affected areas. You should check the Japan Meteorological website for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.

A 9.0 magnitude earthquake in March 2011 triggered a giant  tsunami that resulted in the country’s worst nuclear disaster at Fukushima – 159 miles north of Tokyo – which combined killed almost 20,000 people.

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