Central Japan was rattled by a formidable seismic event on Monday, as a massive earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 struck the region.
The temblor sent shockwaves through the area, prompting immediate concerns over the possibility of a tsunami, leading authorities to issue urgent warnings and advisories for residents to evacuate to safer ground.
According to reports from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, the earthquake generated a tsunami approximately 1 meter in height that surged along parts of the Sea of Japan’s coastline. There were apprehensions of larger waves looming, necessitating a high alert along vulnerable coastal areas.
In response to the seismic activity, the Japan Meteorological Agency swiftly issued tsunami warnings for several coastal prefectures, including Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama. These alerts urged residents to take immediate precautions and seek higher ground to ensure their safety.
The seismic disturbance also triggered vigilance within Japan’s nuclear power sector. Hokuriku Electric Power (9505.T) announced it was diligently inspecting its nuclear power plants for any irregularities that might have been caused by the earthquake.
Similarly, Kansai Electric Power (9503.T) reported that while their nuclear power plants showed no current abnormalities, the company remained vigilant, closely monitoring the situation for any unforeseen developments.
This seismic event brings back haunting memories of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. The aftermath of that disaster included the triggering of nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima and extensive devastation in numerous towns.
As Japan navigates the aftermath of this recent seismic episode, authorities are emphasizing preparedness, safety, and constant monitoring to ensure the well-being of residents and the stability of critical infrastructure.