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Threat of Tsunami Abates After 6.1 Earthquake Jolts Tokyo

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Blackout at a Tokyo train station following the powerful earthquake on Thursday. Credit: Twitter/mkjpriyanshu

Japan says that there is no risk of a tsunami after an earthquake measuring 6.1 hit the region of Tokyo on Thursday.

The quake, registering a strong 5 on Japan’s intensity scale, brought the strongest shaking to Tokyo’s central wards since the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster in 2011.

The earthquake occurred at 10:41 p.m., logging a strong 5 on the seismic intensity scale of 7 in parts of Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture, with the focus in northwestern Chiba Prefecture at a depth of about 80 kilometers, the Meteorological Agency said.

There were no reported abnormalities at any of the nation’s nuclear power facilities, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters, adding that the government was still confirming any damage.

There are no reports of serious injuries at this time.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. said that as of 11 p.m. about 250 households in the capital’s Shinjuku Ward were experiencing power outages. Television footage showed that power was out at Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station more than an hour after the quake.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, whose government immediately set up a task force to respond to the quake, told reporters late Thursday he had ordered officials to help quake victims and prevent further damage.

The nightmare of deadly 2011 earthquake still haunts Japan

Japan, like Greece, lies in a highly seismically active region. In 2011, Japan was hot with a terrible disaster caused by a magnitude 9.0–9.1 undersea megathrust earthquake, which had an epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, 72 km (45 miles) east of the Oshika Peninsula of the Tōhoku region, and lasted approximately six minutes, causing a tsunami.

It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.

The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that may have reached staggering heights of up to 40.5 meters (133 feet) in Miyako, in Tōhoku’s Iwate Prefecture.

Residents of Sendai had only eight to ten minutes of warning, and more than a hundred evacuation sites were washed away.

The official figures released in 2021 reported a total of 19,747 deaths, with 6,242 injured, and 2,556 people still missing.

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