Okinawa residents allowed to return to coastal homes after tsunami alert lifted

Residents in coastal areas of Okinawa Prefecture have been told they can return to their homes after authorities lifted a tsunami advisory that was in place following a powerful earthquake off Taiwan.

In Naha city, Okinawa's main airport has resumed operations after previously instructing inbound commercial flights to change destinations.

Police and firefighters in the city had called on people to stay away from the coast after the tsunami alert.

An exchange student from Nepal who made his way to a park on higher ground in the city said, "I came to Japan six months ago. I have never experienced a tsunami warning so I was very scared."

Japan's Meteorological Agency has warned that the tidal level could change, so people should remain cautious.