Thousands of Japanese ignored evacuation orders after an earthquake triggered tsunami warnings, raising concerns among officials about future disaster management, major newspapers reported Sunday.
A magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off northern Japan on Saturday, prompting tsunami warnings and sending thousands fleeing to higher ground but causing no reported injuries or damage. Thousands of others ignored the warnings.
Japan's Meteorological Agency lifted all tsunami warnings by late Saturday, and local authorities lifted all evacuation orders for thousands of coastal residents.
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