A powerful 7.5 earthquake hit central Japan on Monday, the USGS said, prompting tsunami warnings and authorities to urge people in the area to move to higher ground.” All residents must evacuate immediately to higher ground,” national broadcaster NHK said after the quake hit the Noto region in Ishikawa prefecture around 4:10 pm (0710 GMT).
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Russia’s Sakhalin island near Japan and the Pacific city of Vladivostok were on “alert” Monday due to a possible tsunami risk after a major earthquake in Japan. Emergency services in Sakhalin declared a “tsunami alert”, saying the island’s western coast “may be affected by tsunami waves.” City authorities in Vladivostok also announced an alert and ordered fishermen to “urgently get back to shore.”
[Instructions by the PM]
1. Provide timely and accurate information to the public regarding the tsunami, evacuation, etc., and take thorough measures to prevent damage, such as the evacuation of residents.
2. Assess the state of affairs regarding damage as soon as possible. (1/2)
– PM’s Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) January 1, 2024
A succession of 21 earthquakes registering 4.0 magnitude or stronger struck central Japan in just over 90 minutes on Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The strongest jolt measured 7.6, it said. The quakes prompted tsunami warnings and authorities urged people in the area to move to higher ground.
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Videos circulating on social media show the first waves of the tsunami hitting Toyama city in Toyama Prefecture. NDTV could not independently verify the authenticity of the video. Waves reaching a height of 1.2 meters struck Wajima port in Ishikawa prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Around 33,500 households were without power around the epicentre of a series of major earthquakes in central Japan, local utilities said. The areas affected were the Toyama, Ishikawa and Niigata prefectures on the Sea of Japan side of Japan’s main island of Honshu.
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The first tsunami waves, some over a metre high, arrived on the north coast of central Japan after a series of powerful earthquakes. Waves as high as 1.2 meters hit Wajima port, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, after the USGS and other agencies registered a 7.5 magnitude quake 10 minutes earlier.
No abnormalities were reported after a series of major earthquakes rocked central Japan today, the country’s government said. “It has been confirmed that there are no abnormalities at Shika nuclear power plant (in Ishikawa) and other stations as of now,” spokesman Yoshimasa Hayashi said.
Several major highways have been closed around the epicentre of a series of major earthquakes in central Japan, the road operator said. Shinkansen bullet train services were also suspended between Tokyo and the epicentre in the Noto region in Ishikawa prefecture on the Sea of Japan side of Japan’s main island of Honshu, Japan Railways said.
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