A violent 7.6 earthquake hit Japan: tsunami avoided

The earthquake struck the Noto region, Ishikawa prefecture

by Lorenzo Ciotti
A violent 7.6 earthquake hit Japan: tsunami avoided
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A violent 7.6 magnitude earthquake has hit the coast of central-western Japan, causing at least six deaths. Initially, a tsunami warning was issued after waves more than one meter high had already hit some areas, but the threat receded, thus avoiding the disaster that hit the country in 2011.

"All residents must move immediately to clearer terrain. high," national broadcaster NHK said after the earthquake hit the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture. The strong earthquake was preceded by a first shock of magnitude 5.5 in the same area.

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Several houses collapsed and around 33,500 homes were left without electricity. Currently, 6 people have died following the earthquake. the chief of staff, Yashimasa Hayashi in a press conference, also reporting the spread of fires in the affected area, as confirmed by the governor of Ishikawa prefecture, Hiroshi Ase, who asked the government to use the self-defense forces in the areas affected by the earthquake.

The strong tremor was also felt in Tokyo, about 500 km away, and throughout the Kanto region: local media reported it. In Ishikawa Prefecture, about 33,000 homes remained without electricity, according to the Hokuriku Electric Power Company.

The count also includes approximately 10,300 buildings in the city of Wajima, 7,300 in Noto and 7,100 in Suzu.

What happened

21 earthquakes of magnitude 4 or greater struck the central-western coast of Japan today in just over 90 minutes, the country's Meteorological Agency announced.

The strongest quake was magnitude 7.6, according to the agency. The earthquakes prompted authorities to declare a tsunami warning and order the evacuation of the affected area in Ishikawa Prefecture. A tsunami warning resulting in the evacuation of the population in some areas was declared on the Russian island of Sakhalin, in the city of Vladivostok and in nearby Nakhodka, in the North Pacific Ocean, following the earthquakes that occurred today on the coast of Japan central-western.

South Korea has issued a tsunami warning in parts of the East Sea following strong earthquakes in Japan. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said a tsunami caused by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake that hit Ishikawa and nearby prefectures could trigger a tsunami off South Korea's east coast.