Magnitude 7.4 earthquake rocks Japan, damage reported in Sea of Japan region

WARTAINDONESIA EN – A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan’s Sea of Japan on Monday, January 1, 2024, at 4:10 p.m. local time. The epicenter was located at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) and was about 42 kilometers (26 miles) northeast of Anamizu in Ishikawa Prefecture.

The earthquake was felt in various parts of Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. It was also felt in parts of South Korea and China.

There were no reports of tsunamis following the earthquake. However, the earthquake caused damage to buildings and infrastructure in the affected areas.

In Ishikawa Prefecture, at least 10 buildings were damaged, including schools and hospitals. In Niigata Prefecture, the earthquake caused power outages in some areas.

The earthquake occurred in a subduction zone, where one tectonic plate moves under another. This subduction zone is located along the coast of the Sea of Japan and is a region prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.

The earthquake is the largest to strike Japan since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The Tohoku earthquake had a magnitude of 9.0 and triggered a tsunami that caused widespread damage along the northeastern coast of Japan.

Impact of the earthquake

The impact of the magnitude 7.4 earthquake in the Sea of Japan region of Japan on January 1, 2024, is still being assessed. However, some of the impacts that have been reported include:

  • Damage to buildings and infrastructure in the affected areas.
  • Power outages in some areas.
  • Transportation disruptions.
  • Public concern about the possibility of a tsunami.

Government response

The Japanese government activated its tsunami early warning system in the affected areas. However, the tsunami warning was canceled after it was determined that there was no tsunami.

The Japanese government also sent rescue teams to the affected areas to assist those in need.

Lessons from the earthquake

The magnitude 7.4 earthquake in the Sea of Japan region of Japan on January 1, 2024, is a reminder that Japan is a country prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.

The Japanese government has taken steps to reduce the risk of disaster from earthquakes and tsunamis. However, these steps cannot fully eliminate the risk.

Japanese citizens need to be aware of the risk of earthquakes and tsunamis. They need to know how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake or tsunami.

Here are some tips for protecting yourself in the event of an earthquake:

  • Immediately take shelter under a table or sturdy object when an earthquake occurs.
  • Stay away from objects that could fall and hit you.
  • If you are outdoors, immediately find a safe place to take shelter.
  • If you are in a car, immediately pull over to a safe location and get out of the car.

Japanese citizens also need to be on the lookout for signs of an earthquake, such as aftershocks. They should also always follow government information about earthquake and tsunami early warnings.

The magnitude 7.4 earthquake in the Sea of Japan region of Japan on January 1, 2024, is a concerning event. However, it is also a reminder that Japan is a country prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.

The Japanese government and Japanese citizens need to be on the lookout for the risk of disaster from earthquakes and tsunamis.

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