Japan earthquake: A powerful earthquake strikes Japan, forcing over 100,000 citizens to evacuate.


Japan earthquake: On Monday, a massive earthquake slammed central Japan, killing at least one person, demolishing buildings, knocking out power to tens of thousands of households, and forcing residents to flee to higher ground in some coastal districts.

Japan earthquake: 7.5-magnitude earthquake hits western Japan triggering tsunami warning
7.5-magnitude earthquake hits western Japan triggering tsunami warning.

 

The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 7.5, caused waves of around 1 metre along Japan’s west coast and in adjacent South Korea.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) initially issued a significant tsunami warning for Ishikawa prefecture, its first since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed almost 20,000 people in northeast Japan. It was then downgraded and reduced to an advisor.

According to the US Geological Survey, it was the greatest earthquake in the region in more than four decades.

Houses were demolished, flames broke out, and army personnel were ordered to assist with rescue operations, according to government spokeswoman Yoshimasa Hayashi.

According to local police, an elderly man was confirmed deceased when a structure collapsed in Shika Town, Ishikawa.

Local television images from the prefecture showed a structure crumbling in a cloud of dust in Suzu and a massive fissure in a road in Wajima, where panicked-looking parents grabbed their children.

One witness recorded footage on social media site X showed the Keta Grand Shrine near the coast in Hakui trembling in the earthquake while a mass of visitors looked on. “It’s swaying,” she says. “This is scary!”

On January 1, millions of Japanese people traditionally visit shrines and temples to mark the start of the new year.
Images from nearby Kanazawa, a major tourist site, showed the smashed stone gate strewn at the entrance of another shrine, as worried worshippers looked on.
The tremor was also felt in the highlands of Nagano prefecture, which is nearby.
“The snow from the electric wire (fell) down, and also from the roof, and all the cars were shaking, and so everybody was panicked,” Jonny Wu, a Taiwanese visitor visiting Nagano for a skiing vacation, said.

More powerful quakes in the region, where seismic activity has been simmering for more than three years, are possible in the coming days, according to JMA spokesman Toshihiro Shimoyama.

Tsunami warnings have also been issued in some places by Russia and North Korea.

According to the Japanese government, as of Monday night, more than 97,000 people in nine prefectures on Japan’s main island Honshu had been told to evacuate. They were supposed to spend the night in sports halls and school gymnasiums, which are regularly used as emergency evacuation hubs.

Ayako Daikai, a Kanazawa resident, said she and her husband and two children fled to a nearby elementary school shortly after the earthquake struck. Evacuees were crammed into classrooms, stairwells, hallways, and the gymnasium, she claimed.

“We haven’t decided when to return home yet,”

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Tsunami Evacuate

Japan earthquake: Following the tremor, a flashing yellow notice with the words “Tsunami! Evacuate!” flashed across television screens, encouraging inhabitants in certain coastal locations to evacuate immediately.

There were reports of at least 30 collapsed buildings in Wajima, a village of roughly 30,000 people noted for its lacquerware, and other buildings caught fire.

The quake also rattled buildings in Tokyo, which is about 500 kilometres away from Wajima on the opposite coast.

According to utilities supplier Hokuriku Electric Power (9505.T), about 32,000 households in Ishikawa prefecture were still without power late Monday, with temperatures expected to plummet to near freezing overnight in some regions.

Tohoku Electric Power (9506.T) reported that 700 families in nearby Niigata prefecture were still without power.

West Japan Railway (9021.T) reported late Monday that 1,400 people were still stranded on four delayed bullet train services between Kanazawa and Toyama.

According to transportation officials, one of Ishikawa’s airports was forced to close owing to cracks in the runway.

ANA (9202.T) turned back planes bound for Toyama and Ishikawa airports, while Japan Airlines (9201.T) suspended most services to the Niigata and Ishikawa regions.


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