Filipinos in areas affected by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Fukushima prefecture in Japan are safe, with some of them staying in evacuation centers, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.
In a post on Twitter, the DFA said Filipinos "residing in affected areas are safe, with some staying in evacuation centers."
"No injuries and casualties have been reported" by the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, which continues to monitor the Filipino community in affected areas and communicate with local government agencies for updates, the DFA said.
"The earthquake strongly affected the prefectures of Fukushima, Tochigi, and Ibaraki. Tsunami warnings were immediately issued in Fukushima and Miyagi, and the coastal areas were evacuated," the DFA said.
The Japanese government lifted its tsunami advisory for Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, and Ibaraki at 12:50 p.m. Japan time.
According to the DFA, there are currently 237,103 registered Filipinos residing in Japan as of June 2016.
"There are 2,400 Filipinos in Fukushima, 9,074 in Ibaraki, 4,438 in Tochigi, 1,200 in Miyagi, and 1,079 in Iwate," it said.
Sendai, located 70 km or 45 miles north of Fukushima, experienced a tsunami of 1.4 meters or 4.5 feet.
Nuclear power plants on the coast were shut down in the wake of the earthquake, the strongest felt in the region since the magnitude 9 quake in March 2011 that left thousands dead. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News