Earthquake Hits Western Japan and Triggers Tsunami Warning

Earthquake Hits Western Japan and Triggers Tsunami Warning

What Happened?

A really big earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.5, hit western Japan on Monday. This caused a tsunami warning to be issued. The earthquake happened at 4:10 p.m. local time, about 42 kilometers northeast of Anamizu in Ishikawa Prefecture. It was a pretty deep earthquake, about 10 kilometers below the surface. After the earthquake, there were some smaller earthquakes in the same area.

Tsunami Warning

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for the coastal regions of western Japan. They told people who live near the coast to go to higher ground and find shelter. The tsunami could be as high as 5 meters in some areas. Waves over 1 meter high have already hit the coast of Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture.

Power Outages

The earthquake caused a lot of power outages in Ishikawa Prefecture. More than 32,500 homes were left without electricity. Hokuriku Electric Power is working to fix the problem.

Train Suspensions

The earthquake also affected train travel in Japan. Some services on the Shinkansen bullet trains were suspended. The JR Hokuriku and Joetsu Shinkansen lines have been closed since 6:50 p.m. Other train lines are also experiencing delays.

Other Areas Affected

Along the west coast of Japan, there were reports of small tsunami waves. In Toyama, the waves were about 80 centimeters high. Kashiwazaki Harbor and Kanazawa, the waves were about 40 centimeters high. In Tobishima and Sado islands, the waves were about 20 centimeters high. These waves are not as dangerous as the ones in other areas.

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Other Countries on Alert

South Korea and Russia are also keeping an eye on the situation. They are worried about possible changes in sea level in their coastal areas. The cities of Vladivostok, Nakhodka, and Sakhalin in Russia have declared a tsunami threat. So far, no evacuations have been reported. That’s all the information we have for now. Stay safe and listen to the authorities if you live in the affected areas.

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