Four people died and more than 100 were injured as a result of strong earthquake magnitude 7.4, which shookeast japancausing a warning tsunami on the northeast coast of the country, raised on Thursday morning.
Wednesday night’s quake caused houses to collapse, a train derailed with no casualties, cracked roads and shop windows toppled. But the damage seemed relatively minor compared to the magnitude of the quake, which mostly affected Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures in northeastern Japan.
This was announced on Thursday morning by government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno. four dead as well as 107 wounded.
The epicenter of the 23:36 (1436 GMT) quake on Wednesday, re-estimated at 7.4 (up from 7.3 originally), was at a depth of 60 km, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). under the Pacific Ocean. The ocean off Fukushima Prefecture, where a nuclear power plant was destroyed by a tsunami in 2011.
The JMA immediately issued a one meter wave warning. Waves of 30 cm were finally measured in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Department, according to the agency, which urged residents to leave the coast. The tsunami warning was lifted on Thursday morning. “Police and emergency services received numerous calls at Fukushima and Miyagi”– said Mr. Matsuno at night, urging the population to remain vigilant in anticipation of new aftershocks.
Small aftershocks were recorded throughout the night. In some localities, instructions have been issued for evacuation to shelters. “Please follow the earthquake information, stay away from the coast and take measures to protect yourself”also recommended by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
At an evacuation center in the city of Soma, Fukushima, where dozens of residents had taken refuge, Yuzuru Kobashi, 82, told AFP that he and his wife had come looking for a tarp to protect their rooftop home. earthquake. “But at my age, I can’t get on the roof, so we’ll use them to protect the things we care about in the house from the rain.”he said.
In Ishinomaki, an emergency worker told AFP that he was woken up “extremely strong shock”. “I heard the roar of the earth. Instead of fear, the memories of the earthquake returned to me (2011)”he added.
No anomalies were found at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, severely damaged in 2011 by a giant tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9 earthquake, according to the Japan Nuclear Safety Agency (NRA).
At another nuclear power plant in Fukushima-Daini County, also shut down since 2011, as well as at the Onagawa Power Plant (Miyagi County), the pumps of the spent fuel pools briefly stopped working, but they were quickly restored to working order. , the NRA later reported.
in earthquakestrongly felt, including Tokyoover two million homes in Tokyo and its neighboring departments were initially cut off from power, according to operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), but power was fully restored hours later.
However, about 2,500 homes were still without electricity on Thursday afternoon in the northeast of the country, according to Tohoku Electric Power.
The JR East railway company reported major disruptions to its network. Shinkansen, a Japanese high-speed train, derailed north of the city of Fukushima with 78 people on board, no one was hurt. And in the city of Sendai (northeast), a section of the wall collapsed on the site of the historic Aoba Castle.
Japan, still experiencing the events of March 11, 2011, observed a minute of silence on Friday in memory of this major disaster.
The disaster left more than 18,500 people dead and missing – mostly as a result of the tsunami – and forced more than 165,000 people from Fukushima prefecture to flee their homes due to radioactive emissions from a damaged nuclear power plant that melted the cores of three reactors.
Local authorities still count 33,365 displaced persons, 80% of whom live outside the department Fukushima.