Tsunami warning lifted after Japan earthquake

British travellers in Japan have been urged to say alert after a strong earthquake struck the Fukushima region.

The quake registered approximately 6.9 on the Richter scale and prompted initial tsunami warnings.

Those advisories have now been lifted, although aftershocks continue in the region, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned in updated travel advice.

Strong tremors could be felt as far away as Tokyo, 100 miles south of Fukushima prefecture. Buildings in the capital shook for at least 30 seconds.

“British nationals in the affected areas should follow the advice of the local authorities and monitor local news and websites for updates,” the FCO said.

An earthquake and tsunami struck the area in 2011 killing 18,000 people.

That quake, one of the most powerful ever recorded, also caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, where a major clean-up operation is still going on.

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