>> A frightening flashback for Japan. Its east coast rocked by a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake early Tuesday morning. Triggering a tsunami up to four and a half feet high washing along the coast of Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. The same areas devastated by a quake, tsunami, and triple nuclear meltdowns five years ago.
That disaster forced the evacuation of more than a 160,000 people. This time around, authorities taking no chances. Setting off warning sirens, television stations, flashing warnings to leave now. Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, even taking to the airwaves to reassure a rattled country.>> Tsunami.>> We will announce any information regarding a tsunami or evacuation swiftly.
Quickly gather information on any damage and give our best effort in responding to emergencies.>> So far, no reports of any deaths, serious injuries or major damage from the quake. But at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, it was touch and go. One of the cooling systems, which keeps spent fuel at safe temperatures, shut off for more than an hour.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company says, it's now been switched back on. Fears of another big fall out in the wake of the quake now, seemed to be fading. But authorities are still advising people to avoid low-lying coastal areas.