The tsunami resulting from the 2015 Illapel Earthquake has come and gone.
The 8.3 magnitude earthquake occurred at 7:54 JST on September 17. The large earthquake resulted in an accompanying tsunami that spread to reaches of the Pacific as far as Japan.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued its first tsunami advisories very early in the morning on September 18. The tsunami arrived in Okinawa at approximately 7:30 on September 18. According to local sources, the water rose approximately 30 centimeters before receding to normal levels.
There were no damages to infrastructure nor were there any injuries in Zamami. However, ferries to, from, and within the village were cancelled for the entire day. The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted all tsunami advisories late in the afternoon. Today, September 19, marks the beginning of Japan’s “Silver Week” vacation, and the Zamami Village Office chose to run an extra Ferry Zamami to accommodate visitors whose plans were altered due to the previous day’s ferry cancellations.
Despite yesterday’s confusion, today’s weather is gorgeous–the sun is shining, there are a few cumulus clouds dotting the sky, and there is pleasant hint of tropical autumn in the air.