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Fukushima hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 22/11/2016)

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Fukushima, Japan this morning, triggering a tsunami warning. Meanwhile, 6 students of Tonga High School are on their way to Japan and may not be affected directly as they are heading towards Kuroshio, which is 1154.6 kilometers away from Fukushima – the risky area.

The Tonga High School students with one teacher will attend the Youth Ambassador for World Tsunami Awareness Day.

The students will learn about the history of tsunami, post earthquake recovery, reconstruction in Japan and disaster risk prevention and reduction efforts for a possible Tsunami.

The purpose of the program is to foster leaders who will be responsible for mitigating the effects of earthquakes and tsunami and building national resilience in the future.

The team will return to Nuku’alofa on December 1st.

The program will be attended by 284 students from 29 countries.

© Radio & TV Tonga News 2016