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Japan Hit by 7.6-Magnitude Quake, Tsunami Warning; Updates

According to media sources, north central Japan was struck by an earthquake on Monday with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6. Following a string of powerful earthquakes that rocked western regions, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for the coastline districts of Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama prefectures, according to the reports.

According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK TV, Hokuriku Electric Power stated that it is investigating any anomalies at its nuclear power reactors. One of the earthquakes, which struck Ishikawa and neighboring prefectures, had a preliminary magnitude of 7.4. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Japan Earthquake: Updates

Japan Hit by 7.6-Magnitude Quake, Tsunami Warning; Updates

  • People were advised to evacuate as soon as possible to high ground or the top of a neighboring structure by NHK TV, which warned that water torrents might reach as high as 5 meters (16.5 feet).
  • According to NHK, waves that were more than a meter high struck the coast of Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture.
  • Around 4:10 p.m. (0710 GMT), a seismic activity struck the Noto area in Ishikawa prefecture. “All residents must evacuate immediately to higher ground,” national television NHK declared.
  • Sea levels might rise in some areas of South Korea’s east coast following the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan, according to the country’s meteorological office.
  • According to a Kansai Electric Power representative, the business was actively monitoring the situation. But at this time, there were no anomalies at any of its nuclear power stations.
  • Following strong earthquakes that struck western Japan, all high-speed trains in Ishikawa Prefecture were halted, according to local media.
  • On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan, destroying communities and resulting in Fukushima nuclear meltdowns.
  • However broadcasters abruptly changed to special programming in response to the strongest of the earthquakes, urging impacted citizens to evacuate to higher ground.
  • “We understand how valuable your house and possessions are to you, but your lives are more essential than anything else. “Sprint to the highest point you can,” an NHK television presenter advised viewers.
  • In less than 90 minutes on Monday, a string of 21 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or higher slammed central Japan, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
  • It stated that the strongest jolt measured 7.6. Authorities issued tsunami warnings in response to the earthquakes, advising locals to evacuate to higher ground.
  • Japan regularly conducts emergency exercises to get ready for a large shock. And has tight construction laws designed to guarantee structures can survive powerful earthquakes.
  • The memory of a catastrophic underwater 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck northeastern Japan in March 2011 and caused a tsunami that left some 18,500 people dead or missing haunts Japan.
  • Three people were killed after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Fukushima jolted a vast portion of eastern Japan in March 2022. A massive earthquake that struck in 1923 completely destroyed Tokyo, the nation’s capital.

Scary Visuals

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There was a video of buildings falling in Ishikawa that NHK broadcast and there was also footage of “tsunami waves observed along the coast of western Japan” that went viral on social media.

Multiple recordings captured a room trembling from the earthquake,. With a computer on a desk shaking and hanging clothes swinging from side to side. Not immediately available were reports of significant damage.

Another user on X uploaded footage and said, “Scary visuals. The 7.6 Earthquake in Western Japan today made the entire river/waterway jump. Out of its basin like it’s an amusement swimming pool wave!”. After the earthquake, some internet users asserted that “the roads have cracked open” in Japan.

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