There are reports circulating late tonight that a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off the southwestern coast of Japan.
The news comes as the US Geological Survey (USGS) revealed that they are currently working with Japanese authorities who apparently reported several small tsunamis on at least two islands near the mainland. According to USGS the epicentre of the shallow quake is about 160 kilometres (100 miles) from the town of Makurazaki in southwest coast of Japan, however thankfully there has been no major damage been caused.
Experts have also said a number of Tsunamis measuring one metre (three feet) in height were observed on several islands off the Japanese coast, which has prompted Japanese authorities to issue a warning to those living in low lying areas to move away to higher ground for safety.
Authorities also say larger tsunamis could still happen and have warned people to be ready to vacate certain areas as a precaution.