Japan Earthquake: The earthquake that struck near Japan’s capital Tokyo on Wednesday night has caused a lot of devastation. Due to the earthquake, two people died, while 88 were injured. The earthquake’s intensity can be gauged from a bullet train derailed there.
Japan’s Meteorological Department has issued a tsunami warning. The earthquake this time is more than usual. Its intensity was measured at 7.3 on the Richter scale. The quake’s epicentre, which occurred at 8.06 pm (11.30 in Japan), was reported to be 297 km northwest of Tokyo.
According to the Japan Meteorological Department, the quake’s epicentre was at a depth of 60 km from the sea. The tremors were most felt in Japan’s Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. In both the provinces, people have been appealed to stay away from the coastal areas. Two people have died due to the earthquake in Fukushima itself.
According to Japan’s Bullet Train Operator Company, the bullet train derailed Tohoku. There were 100 passengers on the train at that time. However, none of them got injured. According to the East Nippon Company of Japan, many expressways have been closed for movement. These include the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki, the Jban Expressway in Miyagi Prefecture and the Soma, Fukushima.
After the earthquake’s tremors, 2 million homes in Japan’s capital Tokyo were darkened. AFP quoted Tokyo Electric Power Company as saying that Tokyo was plunged into darkness after the earthquake in Japan. These tremors of the quake reminded the people of Japan of 2011.
March 11, 2011, was a day of the unprecedented accident for Japan. On this day, an earthquake of magnitude 9 struck the coast of northeastern Japan, causing a tsunami that killed thousands of people. Even today, Japan has not been able to recover from this accident. Eighteen thousand people died in the aftershocks of these earthquakes.