The notice issued tsunami in the wake of this powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake was quickly lifted.

A notice issued tsunami Monday morning to the southern islands of Japan was lifted shortly after an earthquake in the Taiwanese capital Taipei, killing one person and injured but no significant property damage. The earthquake occurred at 10:43 (3:43 French time) to 71 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan, and measured 6.6 by the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS), was likely to cause water to rise 1 meter the islands of the archipelago of Okinawa, in the extreme south of Japan.

The tsunami alert lifted quickly. No tidal wave was finally registered and the Japanese Meteorological Agency lifted its tsunami warning about an hour after the quake. An elderly man died in a fire at a four-storey building in the Taiwanese city of New Taipei City after the explosion of an electrical transformer, said firefighters. Another resident intoxicated by the fumes was hospitalized, according to local press. Japan deplores however no injuries or major damage.

Other major earthquakes expected. Japan is located at the junction of four tectonic plates and records each year about 20% of the largest earthquakes recorded on the planet. Kuo Kai-wen, head of Taiwan’s seismology agency, warned that other earthquakes could occur in the coming months. “This is the third earthquake greater than magnitude 6 since the beginning of the year. We do not exclude the probability of occurrence of new powerful earthquakes,” he said.