A powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on Richter scale shook the northwestern part of Japan on Tuesday
Source: The Japan Times

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale shook the northwestern part of Japan on Tuesday, which injured 21 people. The coastal areas got evacuated following a treat of Tsunami until an “all clear” is received.

Store floors were beleaguered with goods which fell off the shelves, and the roofs of homes displayed bare spots at places where the tiles were shaken loose. With trains primarily running on time, the next day, businesses turned out to be less affected. The electric connections also got restored to most of the homes that suffered power cut during the shake.

The effect of the quake

Although the measurement of the intensity of the quake had much to be worried about, the number of casualties and damage did not amount much. Insignificant changes in the sea level have been detected but threats of Tsunami got called off 2.5 hours after the shake.

The Meteorological Agency of Japan declared the earthquake hit the western coast of Yamagata which is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Sakata.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency further added that 21 people have been found injured by this quake. Most of them were taken to Yamagata prefecture and the injuries were minor in nature.

As a measure of alert, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, told the residents to stay prepared for a series of possible aftershocks.

The crisis management official, Takehiko Takahashi of Tsuruoka city, mentioned in a TV interview that the city officials assisted the coastal residents to get to higher ground as a safety measure before the tsunami alerts were lifted.

Live Footage

There were more than 1,500 people who took shelter at evacuation centers which were set in the Murakami city and somewhere in Niigata prefecture. However, most of them left on Wednesday morning to check their residences. Pictures of people using flat boxes made of cardboard as mattresses to sleep on were being shown by a public broadcaster, NHK. The children and many other people still sat leaning on the walls having sleepless nights.

NHK also showed images of broken dishes and glasses scattered on a bar floor located in Tsuruoka which got empty after the customers hurried out, leaving their half-eaten food behind on the counter.

Train Service

The Bullet train service was kept suspended in segments of the area because of power disruptions and for the safety checks. However, the services got back in action by Wednesday morning. According to Tohoku Electric Power Co., almost 9,000 households in Niigata and Yamagata suffered power loss.

According to the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, nuclear plant in Niigata had all seven reactors offline and no irregularity was reported. Two more nuclear power plants situated in the affected region also did not get affected.

A previous quake

Japan is one of the most tsunami and earthquake-prone areas in the world. A quake of magnitude 9.0 struck Japan offshore in 2011 which caused a massive tsunami that prompted meltdowns at the nuclear power plant of Fukushima. The tsunami, assisted with a quake, massively damaged the coastal neighborhoods and claimed more than 18,000 lives.

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