– A violent earthquake shakes Japan and tsunami waves hit the land
“All residents must move immediately to higher areas,” the affected area said.
A powerful earthquake has shaken large areas of Japan along the coast of the Sea of Japan, triggering a tsunami warning. On Monday, the National Meteorological Agency warned of a tsunami with a height of three metres. Ishikawa Prefecture was particularly affected. It is said that a tsunami up to five meters high could hit the coast.
Electricity was cut off for 32,500 families. However, there were initially no reports of damage or injuries. According to the government, there were no violations at nuclear power plants in the region. Buildings in the area surrounding Tokyo also began to sway. The government formed a crisis team.
According to preliminary information, the magnitude of the earthquake that occurred at 4:10 pm (8:10 Central European Time) was 7.6. Initially it was given as 7.4. According to the Meteorological Authority, the epicenter of the earthquake was at a shallow depth in the Noto area. A spokeswoman for Japanese television station NHK constantly and urgently urged residents to seek safety on higher ground.
Tsunami warnings were also issued for coastal areas in Yamagata, Niigata, Toyama, Fukui and Hyogo Prefectures. In some areas, the first tsunami waves were recorded shortly after the earthquake. The government also called on people in the affected areas to seek safety. High-speed trains have been temporarily suspended.
Compared to the March 2011 tsunami, the tsunami waves this time were much smaller. At that time, a 9-magnitude earthquake caused a huge tsunami that destroyed large areas in the northeast of the archipelago and killed about 20,000 people. There was a disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.
Democratic Action Party/Agence France-Presse/Department of Political Affairs