An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck the west coast of Japan on Monday, claiming the lives of at least four people and causing widespread destruction. The tremor triggered tsunami warnings that were later lifted, but aftershocks led to continued advisories in the region. The epicenter of the earthquake was located 26 miles from Anamizu, Japan, and the Japan Meteorological Agency confirmed the occurrence of a tsunami in the area.
Reports from various sources indicated that a hospital in Suzu City had treated several injured individuals, while another hospital in Wajima City was providing medical assistance in a parking lot. Additionally, a fire broke out in the city center of Wajima City, and there were reports of people being trapped in collapsed buildings. The U.S. Geological Survey also documented numerous aftershocks, including a 6.2 magnitude quake, and officials warned of the potential for further damaging aftershocks in the coming hours and days.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida swiftly ordered emergency resources to be deployed to the affected area, as widespread power outages and sub-zero temperatures added to the challenges faced by the region. Early assessments indicated that the 7.5 magnitude earthquake was the strongest to have struck Japan since 2015.
In the wake of the devastating earthquake, Japan is mobilizing resources to assist those affected by the disaster. The region remains on high alert for potential aftershocks, with authorities working diligently to provide aid and support to the impacted communities. The earthquake’s toll on lives and infrastructure serves as a reminder of the unpredictability and destructive power of natural disasters.