7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan, No Major Damage
The Northern Japan has experienced a very strong earthquake on Saturday which affected buildings, even in Tokyo. It also triggered a tsunami consulting for the northern coast part. According to Stuff, there is no major damage reported, however many people sustained injuries.
The United States Geological Survey has estimated the power of the quake at magnitude 7.0, deeps at 54km (33.5 miles).
The shaking which commenced around 6:10 p.m. centered off the coast of Miyagi prefecture, in the rugged northeast of Japan. This region was largely defaced when the huge earthquake and tsunami of 2011 happened resulting to the death of more than 18,000 people.
An advisory for a tsunami which is up to 1 meter in height for Miyagi prefecture shortly after the quake was issued by Japan’s Meteorological Agency, but later raised this figure after, like an hour.
Officials had reported that there were no immediate details of damage.
Seven people got injured in Miyagi prefecture, which includes 2 old women — one being hit in the head by a door and the other banged on the shoulder by furniture, according to The Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
Some areas have experienced temporary blackout and also suspended bullet train serviced as a result of the strong temblor, the East Japan Railway Co. stated.
A staff of crisis management in Tome, a town Miyagi prefecture, Akira Wakimoto, said he was actually in his apartment at the time the earthquake struck, feeling the shake of the roof for a long while.
In the middle of February, there was another strong earthquake in the region which killed one while leaving more than 180 people injured, however, most of the injuries were minor. The earthquake destroyed roads, many houses and train lines. It also resulted to minor damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Noriko Kamaya, a Japan Meteorological Agency official, made it known in a news conference that Saturday’s earthquake is regarded as an aftershock of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011. Kamaya advised people to be careful and desert themselves from the coastline as a result of possible high waves.