Wajima City, Japan – A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the west coast of Japan on Monday, leading to a reported death toll of at least four people. The earthquake also prompted tsunami warnings which were later lifted, but continued tsunami advisories due to aftershocks.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located 26 miles from Anamizu, Japan, and parts of the area experienced a tsunami. As a result, several people were transported to hospitals with injuries, and there were reports of people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. In addition, a fire broke out in the city center of Wajima City, further adding to the chaos caused by the earthquake.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported dozens of aftershocks, including a magnitude 6.2 quake, leading officials to warn the region of potential damaging aftershocks in the coming hours and days. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has ordered emergency resources to the area to address the power outages and freezing temperatures.
Preliminary estimates indicate that this 7.5 earthquake is the strongest to hit Japan since 2015. The region will need to focus on recovery efforts and provide support to those affected by this natural disaster. The situation remains tense as the area continues to grapple with the consequences of the earthquake.
In conclusion, a powerful earthquake struck the west coast of Japan, leading to casualties, injuries, and widespread destruction. The region is now focused on providing emergency resources and addressing the aftermath of this catastrophic event.