A Strong Earthquake of 7.5 Magnitude Hits Japan: Tsunami warning issued

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Embracing 2024 with Resilience: Japan Faces Earthquake and Tsunami Alert Following 7.5-Magnitude Tremors on New Year’s Day

A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.5 shook central Japan on New Year’s Day, sending tremors felt in Tokyo and across the Kanto area. The seismic event prompted a tsunami warning for a significant portion of the country’s northwestern coast, impacting areas such as Ishikawa, Niigata, Toyama, Yamagata, Fukui, and Hyogo prefectures.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the tsunami warning, urging residents to evacuate coastal regions immediately. Predictions indicated waves reaching up to 5 meters, particularly in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa. Torrents of water, as high as 5 meters, were warned to hit coastal areas, prompting NHK TV to advise people to seek higher ground or the tops of nearby buildings swiftly. NHK TV stands for Nippon Hoso Kyokai, which translates to Japan Broadcasting Corporation in English. NHK is Japan’s national public broadcasting organization. 

Today's Japan Earthquake

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Hokuriku Electric Power reported checking for irregularities at its nuclear power plants in response to the seismic activity. Reports indicated a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 for the earthquake, with a series of strong quakes shaking western areas.

Notably, waves exceeding 1 meter in height were reported in Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture. Tsunami warnings extended to various coastal regions, including Niigata, Toyama, Yamagata, Fukui, and Hyogo prefectures along the Japan Sea Coast.

Japan, situated on the Pacific “ring of fire,” is prone to earthquakes, and the devastating 2011 earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 triggered a massive tsunami, resulting in over 18,000 casualties and a nuclear disaster. As the nation grapples with this recent seismic event, vigilance and preparedness remain crucial in minimizing the potential impact of natural disasters.

For live information please visit : Strong quake prompts tsunami warning for Japan’s western coast – The Japan Times

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