On Wednesday night, a massive earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale occurred off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan,
prompting a tsunami advisory and knocking out electricity to almost 2 million residences in the Tokyo area.
The area is in northern Japan and was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that killed over 15,000 people and triggered nuclear plant meltdowns 11 years ago.
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In the Aftermath of the 2011 Accident,
The cooling systems of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant failed. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, which manages the plant, reported that inspections were being conducted.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake occurred at 11:36 p.m. and was located 60 kilometres (36 miles) below the surface of the ocean.
Some areas of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were warned of a tsunami with a potential sea surge of up to 1 metre (3.3 feet). It was reported on NHK national television that the tsunami may have already hit some locations.
It has been reported that fighter jets from the Hyakuri base in Ibaraki prefecture have been sent to the area south of Fukushima to gather intelligence and assess damage.
As a Result of the Earthquake,
TEPCO said online that more than 2 million customers in the Tokyo area were without power. Buildings in Tokyo and throughout eastern Japan rocked severely as the earthquake struck.
The East Japan Railway Co. said that it would be suspending most train services while it conducted safety inspections.
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The Government is now Reviewing the Damage
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters, but they will do everything they can to aid in rescue and relief efforts.
Kishida tweeted, “Please first take steps to preserve your life.”
As of this moment, no reports of casualties have been received.