Japan earthquake causes at least four people have been killed in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in eastern Japan.News of dozens of injuries after the earthquake off the coast of Fukushima revives memories of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
A magnitude 7.4 earthquake 80 km off the coast of Fukushima prefecture just before midnight on Wednesday. A strong earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Wednesday night, temporarily cutting off power to two million homes. A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook the region where a major earthquake 11 years ago triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Two were killed and at least 90 were injured, officials said. The AFP news agency reported that in some areas people were forced to stand up and buildings in the capital, Tokyo, were shaken.
The quake struck at 23:36 (14:36 GMT) at a depth of 57 kilometers (35.4 miles), according to Japanese authorities. Aftershocks have been reported in Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures.
A strong Japan earthquake off the coast of Fukushima, Japan, has killed at least four people.
Immediately after the incident, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a warning for a one-meter (3.3-foot) tsunami wave in parts of the northeast coast, but the Japanese broadcaster NHK is now reporting that it has been withdrawn.
Local electricity suppliers say about 700,000 homes in Tokyo and 156,000 in northeastern Japan were without power immediately after the quake, but many homes have been restored.
A number of people across northeastern Japan have been injured by falling or falling objects, and in the town of Soma in Fukushima prefecture, local media reported that a man in his sixties had died. A second death has been reported in Miyagi Prefecture.
A bullet train north of Fukushima City also derailed in the quake, its operator said. No casualties were immediately reported in the incident.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters the government was still trying to determine the extent of the damage, and authorities said emergency services had been flooded with calls.
In Ishinomaki, a city official told AFP he had woken up to “extremely violent tremors.”
Referring to the 2011 catastrophe, he said, “I heard the roar of the earth. Instead of being frightened, I immediately remembered the earthquake in Great East Japan.”
Thursday’s quake struck about 60 kilometers off the coast of Fukushima, the epicenter of the strongest earthquake in Japan’s history, killing 18,000 people when it struck 11 years ago.
The 2011 earthquake triggered a tsunami and destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing a major catastrophe after radiation leaked from the plant.
Nuclear authorities said no abnormalities were detected after Wednesday night’s quake at the damaged Fukushima site.
Massive Japan earthquake triggers tsunami alert; 2 killed, millions lost power
The quake’s epicenter was reported 60 kilometers off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, and at 11:36 a.m. a magnitude 1.0 tsunami alert was issued for parts of the northeast coast.
TOKYO (Reuters) – A strong overnight earthquake triggered a devastating earthquake and tsunami alert in eastern Japan, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more, authorities said on Thursday.
Residents and officials in the country’s northeast are trying to assess the damage early Thursday after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck shortly before midnight.
A tsunami alert was issued early Thursday for waves of up to one meter in parts of northeastern Japan, when authorities recorded 30 centimeters higher water levels than normal in some areas.
Multiple minor tremors continued throughout the night and morning on Thursday.
Preliminary reports of damage have been found to be relatively small, in a country that has strict building codes to protect against frequent earthquakes, and officials say there are no abnormalities at the nuclear plant.
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