A 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Smashes Central Japan, Causing a Tsunami To Reach The Japan Sea Coast.

Khabar Lekh
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The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been shut down since March 11, 2011, after it was damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Tepco also stated that it was still investigating if the Monday earthquake had any effect on its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata Prefecture.

The tremor was felt in Tokyo and throughout the Kanto region.

Jordan Allen, a news editor for The Japan Times located in Tokyo, was in eastern Toyama Prefecture at the time of the earthquake, having spent a pleasant New Year’s Day with relatives.


He’d been sitting in the living room for a moment after the first large one hit, assessing the situation before a second quake happened, at which time he realized something wasn’t right, with phone tsunami alerts and area alarms coming in straight after.

“I’ve resided in Japan for quite a long time and I’ve not felt anything like this previously,” he said, adding that a few drinking glasses and different things had fallen and broken around the home. He said he was unable to affirm any serious harm in his nearby area. He added that he had heard unverified reports of gridlock in the city of Namerikawa, in Toyama Prefecture, as occupants endeavored to head to higher ground in sloping regions.

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The magnitude of Monday’s tremor matches that of the 1983 Sea of Japan earthquake, which killed 104 people and wounded 324.


Following the greatest first quake, which was reported as magnitude 7.6, the tsunami warnings were punctuated by multiple aftershocks around the Noto Peninsula, according to the Meteorological Agency.


As of 5:40 p.m., the agency had reported seven earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 or higher in the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture or off the coast of the Noto Peninsula, and nine across Japan.

Waves of 80 cm hit Toyama Prefecture about 4:35 p.m., while 0.4 meters hit Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, around 4:36 p.m. Around 5:04 p.m., Kanazawa Port in Ishikawa witnessed 40 cm waves, while waves were also recorded in Yamagata prefecture and Niigata’s Sado Island.

On the Sea of Japan side, the tsunami was projected to hit Fukui, Hyogo, Hokkaido, Aomori, Akita, Kyoto, and Tottori prefectures, as well as the Oki Islands, which are part of Shimane Prefecture.

At a press briefing, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi assured reporters that no irregularities had been recorded from nuclear power facilities around Japan.

“We are at this point reviewing human and genuine damage,” he said.

Atomic plant administrator Tepco affirmed there had been no effect from the tremor on its principal power framework or its Fukushima Nos. 1 and 2 thermal energy plants, as per a post by the organization on its true X virtual entertainment account.

Japan was shaken Monday by a strong tremor estimating a 7 on Japan’s shindo scale the most grounded rating provoking tidal wave alerts for the length of the country’s western coast.

The meteorological service issued a major tsunami warning the highest degree of alert for Ishikawa Prefecture’s Noto Peninsula, warning of waves of up to 5 meters in the area. Tsunami warnings or advisories were issued for other parts of the Sea of Japan coast, from Hokkaido to Nagasaki, with waves of up to 3 meters expected.


In some regions, tsunami waves had already arrived.

Tsunami warnings were issued for Ishikawa, Niigata, Toyama, and Yamagata prefectures, with over 1.2 meter waves reaching the Noto Peninsula’s Wajima Port in Ishikawa at roughly 4:21 p.m., according to NHK.

Individuals encountering tidal wave of more than 1 meter are thought of “almost certain to not be able to remain, with probability of death,” as per the Meteorological Organization.

Since the underlying waves hit, the level of tidal wave at Wajima Port had been expanding, albeit the specific estimations presently couldn’t seem not entirely settled, NHK announced.

The significant tidal wave cautioning gave for the Noto Promontory region was the high level alarm out of three alerts and was equivalent to one gave after the Walk 2011 shudder in the Tohoku area.

Addressing columnists at night, State leader Fumio Kishida encouraged occupants of the impacted regions to “keep on giving close consideration in the event of solid seismic tremors.”

“Furthermore, in regions where waves are normal, I might want to demand that they clear as quickly as time permits,” he said in Tokyo.

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