Tokyo: 13 people have died in the earthquake that occurred yesterday (Jan. 1) on New Year’s Day in Japan. Although the tsunami warning has been withdrawn, the government has advised people in the worst-hit areas not to return to their homes for now. Apart from this, government teams have rushed to the affected areas to assess the damage.
Terrible Earthquake: The first earthquake was recorded in Japan at 12.40 PM IST on January 1. The epicenter was in Ishikawa Prefecture on the Noto Peninsula. Its impact was recorded as 7.6 Richter. But earthquakes followed. They ranged from 3.2 Richter to 7.5 Richter.
Tsunami warning was issued due to subsequent earthquakes. Tsunami waves up to 5 meters high were predicted, with the highest wave reaching 1.2 meters at Wajima Port in Ishikawa Prefecture. In this case, the government withdrew the tsunami warning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Japan time.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has announced that the tsunami warning will now be withdrawn. However, there are some changes in sea level. So people have been advised to postpone marine activities for a few days.
The collapse of buildings caused casualties in Nikata, Toyama, Bukui and Gifu prefectures. So far 13 bodies have been recovered. The government says the death toll is feared to rise further.
A reminder for one more week: After yesterday’s (Monday) earthquake, there have been 129 aftershocks. These ranged from 2 to 6 Shinto (Shinto is Japan’s earthquake scale. They measure on the Shinto scale instead of Richter. ), the Meteorological Department said. It has warned that another 7-magnitude earthquake could occur within the next week and people should be cautious.
The Prime Minister assured: When the Japanese Prime Minister Bumio Kishida met with the press today, he said, “The emergency disaster management team is in full swing in Ishikawa Prefecture. They will assess the damage and provide assistance to the people. As time goes by the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake becomes clear. For now the goal is to protect the affected population. The injured should be rescued quickly to avoid loss of life,” he said.
Embassy of India Notification: There are about 50,000 Indians in various parts of Japan. In their interest, a statement issued by the Embassy of India in Tokyo said:
We request Indians living in earthquake affected areas in Japan to move to safe places. Those in need of assistance can approach the Indian Embassy. A control room has been set up for this purpose.
81-80-3930-1715 (Yakub Dobno), 81-70-1492-0049 (Ajay Sethi), 81-80-3214-4734 (Banwal), 81-80- 6229-5382 (Bhattacharya), 81-80- Indian Embassy officials can be contacted at 3214-4722 (Vivek Rathore). It has been informed that they can also be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.