Ground Report | New Delhi: Earthquake Japan; A powerful earthquake has shaken northern Japan on Wednesday, triggering a tsunami alert, reports the Associated Press. The first information indicates that the earthquake would be of magnitude 7.3, according to the Japanese chain NHK, and that it would have occurred in the Fukushima prefecture.
Some users on Twitter report that buildings in Tokyo have swayed due to the power of the earthquake. The Japan Meteorological Agency has indicated that the earthquake has been registered 60 kilometers below sea level. The region was devastated in 2011 by a deadly earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale and a subsequent tsunami that also caused a nuclear disaster.
National television NHK has claimed that the tsunami may have already reached some areas. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, which operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant – which suffered multiple meltdowns after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed its cooling systems – said workers were checking for damage. In addition, two million homes have been left without electricity in the area.
After the movement, a tsunami warning was issued for the prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi, located in eastern Japan, the country’s Meteorological Agency reported.
The advisory warns that the height of the tsunami may reach up to 1 meter above normal tide levels, with the initial waves reaching the coast around midnight local time (11 a.m. ET). According to the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a Pacific Rim-wide tsunami is not expected at this time.
Thousands of people without electricity
More than 700,000 households in Tokyo are without power after the quake, according to Tokyo Electric Power. Meanwhile, Hirokazu Matsuno, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference that one nuclear power plant in Fukushima is under review and another was not affected.