Tehran (IP)- Iran's foreign minister expressed his condolences to his Japanese counterpart over the death of several Japanese citizens due to the earthquake in this country.

Iran Press/Iran news: Saddened by the loss of life and the devastation caused by yesterday's earthquakes in central Japan, my sincerest condolences to the honorable FM Kamikawa and the people of Japan," Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).

"During this arduous time, the Iranian people extend their heartfelt sympathy to the people of Japan," Iran's top diplomat said.

A powerful earthquake has struck central Japan’s western coastline, triggering waves over a meter high and prompting tsunami alerts and warnings for people to evacuate.

Japan’s meteorological agency initially reported that a 7 magnitude earthquake occurred at about 11 pm, but later said this number was inaccurate and the quake was smaller, with an intensity of 3, according to public broadcaster NHK.

An aftershock of magnitude 5 hit the Noto peninsula at 8.35 pm, alerting residents to beware of already weakened buildings and structures collapsing.

The tsunami warning in Japan was later downgraded to a tsunami advisory. But people were warned they should remain alert for more possible earthquakes.

One man died following a building collapse in Ishikawa prefecture, Reuters reported, citing Japan’s NTV.


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