Japan is under an unprecedented emergency as the country struggles to deal with a new wave of aftershocks.
Here are some of the things to know about this week’s tsunami.
The latest from JapanIn the latest update on the latest aftershock, a tsunami hit a small town northeast of Hiroshima on Tuesday morning, sending waves up to 14 meters (40 feet) high.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The town’s mayor said the earthquake was felt as far away as Fukuoka, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) away.
Tsunami experts say that the wave would have to reach 6 to 10 feet (1.5 to 3 meters) high to cause significant damage.
That is equivalent to a magnitude-7.1 earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey.
“This tsunami will be felt by all Japanese,” said Hiroshi Okazaki, director of the Institute for Seismology and Tsunami Research in Hiroshima.
“I can’t imagine it being felt anywhere else.”
Tsunamis usually last just a few days, and some local residents said Tuesday’s wave was the first they had experienced in their lives.
“I think it was a natural disaster,” said Akiko Takashima, a 40-year-old housewife.
“We thought it was an earthquake but the waves were so strong that it felt like a tsunami.
I was afraid.”
At least one other tsunami has hit Japan since last month.
On July 3, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the coastal city of Kobe, killing more than 1,100 people and injuring more than 6,000.