1 Jan 2024

Tsunami alert after 7.5 strong earthquake jolts Japan

Strong earthquake tremors were felt in Japan on Monday. According to Japanese media NHK, its intensity was recorded at 7.5 on the Richter scale. The administration has issued a tsunami alert.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the earthquake occurred in Anamizu city of Ishikawa province. Its center was 10 kilometers below the earth. According to Indian time, earthquake tremors were felt at 12:40 pm. Just 8 minutes later, an aftershock of 6.2 was recorded.

Japan has issued a major tsunami warning for its northern coastal regions. The tsunami warning has been issued for the coastal regions of Ishikawa, Niigata and Toyama prefectures, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Waves of up to 5 meters are expected to slam the shoreline

People living in coastal areas have been urged to quickly evacuate as waves of up to 5 meters (16 feet) are expected to slam the shoreline, public broadcaster NHK said, and to remain in place until all warnings are lifted.

The earthquake that struck on New Year's Day was felt by residents across Tokyo and in the Kanto area.

Several strong aftershocks have already hit the Sea of Japan in the hour after the initial earthquake, and the government has warned there could be more to come.

Waves with a height of more than 5 meters “may have reached” Noto in Ishikawa prefecture already, while waves of at least 1 meter have already hit the coast of Wajima city in Ishikawa, the broadcaster said.

Ishikawa was placed under a major tsunami warning, while lower-level warnings or advisories have been issued for the rest of the northwestern coast of the island of Honshu.

Neighboring South Korea's Meteorological agency said the seal level could rise in some parts of Gangwon province on the east coast after the massive earthquake in Japan.

Images on social media showed panicked people hiding under rocking tables as the earthquake hit and some visuals showed damaged houses in the aftermath of the tremor.

Fukushima plant

According to Japanese media, the Fukushima nuclear plant is being closely monitored. In fact, a massive tsunami was caused by a magnitude 9 earthquake in Japan in March 2011. The tsunami waves that arose then destroyed the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

This was considered a major incident in terms of damage to the environment. Then 10 meter high waves in the sea caused devastation in many cities. About 16 thousand people died in this.

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