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Japanese flee 5 metre tsunami waves after 7.6 magnitude quake



Central Japan was shaken by a substantial earthquake earlier today. The quake, registering a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, prompted the issuance of a tsunami warning.

Residents along the affected coasts were advised to evacuate immediately.

The earthquake’s impact was followed by a tsunami approximately 1 meter in height along the Sea of Japan coastline.

Buildings collapse

A series of earthquakes above 4.0 magnitude struck Suzu around 4pm local time, causing buildings to collapse as seen in videos shared on social media and Japanese TV.

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reports authorities are predicting a potential second wave after a seismic event. The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued tsunami warnings for the Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama coastal prefectures.

Other clips showed terrified shoppers thrown to the ground in department stores and flooding at a train station after water pipes burst. 

The meteorological agency reported the first big waves hitting Wajima port in Ishikawa prefecture at 4:21pm local time. More waves are expected in the coming minutes and hours as darkness falls on the region.

5 metre waves

Japan is currently preparing for upcoming waves that could reach heights of up to 5 meters (16.4ft) later today. Local broadcasters and the country’s meteorological agency have issued warnings after the recent earthquakes raised concerns of a potential tsunami. Waves measuring over 4ft have already been reported along the western shores.

Concerns extend to the region’s nuclear facilities. Hokuriku Electric Power confirmed it is conducting thorough checks for any irregularities at its nuclear plants. Similarly, a representative from Kansai Electric Power reassured that no abnormalities have been detected at their nuclear sites, but they remain vigilant in monitoring the situation.

This event echoes the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. That disaster caused widespread devastation, including severe damage to towns and the infamous nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima.

The Japanese government has established an emergency center to gather and relay information on the earthquakes and tsunami to ensure the safety of residents, said Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in a press conference.

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FAA uncovers Boeing quality control issues



The Federal Aviation Administration disclosed concerning findings from its 737 MAX production audit involving Boeing and supplier Spirit AeroSystems.

The audit uncovered multiple instances where the companies allegedly failed to adhere to manufacturing quality control standards.

The FAA highlighted significant “non-compliance issues” within Boeing’s manufacturing processes, including concerns related to parts handling, storage, and product control.

While a summary of the audit findings has been shared with the companies involved, the details have not been made public due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Following a mid-air emergency on January 5 involving a new Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9, where a door plug was lost at 16,000 feet, the FAA initiated the audit.

This incident prompted a temporary grounding of the MAX 9 and raised questions about the aircraft’s safety protocols.

New acquisition

Boeing, in response to these revelations, has been in discussions to acquire Spirit AeroSystems.

However, the company has not provided immediate comment regarding the audit findings.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker emphasized the necessity for Boeing to implement comprehensive corrective measures to address what he termed as “systemic quality-control issues.”

Whitaker stated that Boeing must commit to substantial improvements, with clear milestones and expectations set forth by the FAA.

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Can U.S. Moon lander Odysseus recover from it’s dormancy?



The U.Ss moon lander Odysseus has gone dormant just a week after its somewhat lopsided touchdown on the lunar surface.

The mission, which aimed to conduct various experiments and collect valuable data, encountered an unexpected setback as the spacecraft’s systems initiated a dormant state.

Engineers and scientists at the space agency are working around the clock to analyze the situation and determine the cause of this unforeseen development.

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Trump wins disqualification case at U.S. supreme court



Former President Donald Trump has emerged triumphant in the Colorado ballot disqualification case, as the United States Supreme Court upheld the decision in his favour.

The ruling marks the conclusion of a contentious legal battle that began when Colorado sought to disqualify Trump from its ballot during the previous election.

The Supreme Court, in a close decision, sided with Trump, asserting that the grounds for disqualification lacked substantial evidence and did not meet the necessary legal criteria. #ticker today #featured

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