April 24, 2024

Japan issues tsunami warnings and tells residents to evacuate after strong earthquakes – live | Japan

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said there were no issues with reactors detected at any of the nuclear power plants in the affected area at a press conference at approximately 6.30pm.

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However, oil spillages and other minor damage has been confirmed at nuclear facilities in the area.

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The NRA reported it would continue to monitor and provide updates on the situation at the 22 reactors across 6 plants nearest to where the series of earthquakes have struck.

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Two of the reactors currently in operation in the area, at the Shika plant in Ishikawa, were not running at the time of the tremors due to a scheduled check.

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Most of Japan’s 54 reactors have been offline since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, triggered by a magnitude 9 earthquake and devastating tsunami.

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South Korea has issued alerts on rising sea levels, the Yonhap news agency reported.

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The eastern Gangwon province has urged some residents to evacuate to higher ground.

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A magnitude 5.6 quake hit at 6.08pm off the coast of the Noto Peninsula, close to the epicentre of the strongest quake, which struck at 4.10pm local time with a magnitude estimated at 7.5.

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Suzu City Hospital in Ishikawa is reporting a stream of injured patients arriving.

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Transport of the injured is being delayed by damaged roads. The hospital is operating using its own generators as power has been knocked out in the surrounding district.

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Temperatures in the affected area are forecast to drop to around 1C overnight, with around 36,000 households currently estimated to be without power.

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New Year’s Day is the main winter holiday in Japan and many families will have to return to visit relatives in their hometowns from major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.

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The city of Vladivostok in Russia’s far east has issued a tsunami alert, telling fishermen and others who planned to go out into the water to return to shore, Tass reported.

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Tass now reports that information about an ongoing evacuation in Sakhalin has been deleted from an official website, and that the regional emergencies department now says a tsunami alert has been issued but no evacuation of the population is being carried out.

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The first reports of injuries are coming in from hospitals, including broken bones, but no fatalities have been confirmed so far.

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Fires have broken out in what appear to be homes on the Noto peninsula.

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Another earthquake, estimated at magnitude 5, struck at 6pm local time, triggering further warnings for residents.

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Buildings and other structures weakened by the earlier quakes are particularly vulnerable to aftershocks.

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Russian authorities have issued a tsunami alert for the western coast of Sakhalin.

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An evacuation is under way, the regional emergencies department said, Tass reported.

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Fumio Kishida, Japan’s prime minister, has called on residents in affected areas to evacuate immediately, Reuters reported.

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Residents need to stay on alert for further possible quakes and I urge people in areas where tsunamis are expected to evacuate as soon as possible.

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A government spokesperson, meanwhile, cautioned residents to prepare for possible further quakes.

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The Japanese Meteorological Agency said that “major tsunami warnings are currently in effect for coastal regions of Japan”.

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On its website, the agency provided a list of regional alerts.

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A series of earthquakes hit Japan today, triggering tsunami alerts.

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One of the earthquakes had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, Reuters reported.

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The Japanese public broadcaster NHK TV said torrents of water could reach as high as 5 metres, the Associated Press reported. The public broadcaster urged people to flee to high land or the top of a nearby building.

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Key events

Here are more images from Japan today.

People sit on the floor as items fall from shelves to the floor in a store as an earthquake occurs in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan on January 1, 2024, in this screenshot obtained from a social media video.
People sit on the floor as items fall from shelves to the floor in a store as an earthquake occurs in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan on January 1, 2024, in this screenshot obtained from a social media video. Photo: Instagram @hsu.tw/Reuters
A bookshelf falls in a house in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, after an earthquake on Sunday, January 1, 2024.  Japan issued a tsunami alert on Monday after a series of powerful earthquakes in the Sea of ​​Japan.
A bookshelf falls in a house in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, after an earthquake on Sunday, January 1, 2024. Japan issued a tsunami alert on Monday after a series of powerful earthquakes in the Sea of ​​Japan. Photo: 松井健太郎/AP

No problems have been detected with nuclear power plant reactors, the Japanese authority says

Gavin Blair

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said at a press conference around 6:30 p.m. that there were no problems with reactors detected at any of the nuclear power plants in the affected area.

However, oil leaks and other minor damage have been confirmed to nuclear facilities in the area.

The NRA said it will continue to monitor and provide updates on the situation at the 22 reactors at six plants closest to where the series of earthquakes struck.

Two of the reactors currently operating in the area, at the Shika plant in Ishikawa, were not running at the time of the quakes due to a planned check.

Most of Japan’s 54 reactors have been offline since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, caused by a magnitude 9 earthquake and a devastating tsunami.

South Korea sounds the alarm

South Korea has issued warnings about rising sea levels, reports Yonhap news agency.

Eastern Gangwon province has urged some residents to evacuate to higher ground.

Injured patients arrive at hospitals while 36,000 households remain without power in Japan

Gavin Blair

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 occurred at 6:08 PM off the coast of the Noto Peninsula, close to the epicenter of the strongest earthquake, which occurred at 4:10 PM local time with an estimated magnitude of 7.5.

Suzu City Hospital in Ishikawa reports a flood of injured patients arriving.

The transport of the injured is delayed by damaged roads. The hospital uses its own generators, because the power has gone out in the surrounding neighborhood.

Temperatures in the affected area are expected to drop to around 1 degree Celsius overnight, with around 36,000 households currently estimated to be without power.

New Year’s Day is the main winter holiday in Japan and many families will have to return to visit relatives in their hometown from major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.

Tsunami alert issued in Vladivostok

The city of Vladivostok in Russia’s far east has issued a tsunami alert, informing fishermen and others who planned to enter the water to return to shore, Tass reported.

More photos are coming in showing the damage in Japan.

A collapsed house in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture.
A collapsed house in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture. Photo: Kyodo/Reuters

Russian authorities say there will be no evacuation in Sakhalin

Tass now reports that information about an ongoing evacuation in Sakhalin has been removed from an official website, and that the regional emergency department now says a tsunami alert has been issued, but no evacuation of the population is taking place.

Injuries reported in Japan

Gavin Blair

The first reports of injuries are coming in from hospitals, including broken bones, but no fatalities have been confirmed so far.

Fires have broken out in what appears to be houses on the Noto Peninsula.

Another earthquake, estimated at magnitude 5, struck at 6 p.m. local time, prompting further warnings for residents.

Buildings and other structures weakened by the previous earthquakes are particularly vulnerable to aftershocks.

Here is a United States Geological Survey map of Japan’s earthquakes.

You can access the map and more data here.

Map of earthquakes in Japan
Map of earthquakes in Japan Photo: United States Geological Survey

Gavin Blair

Twenty earthquakes of magnitude 4 or stronger struck off the coast of Ishikawa and neighboring Niigata prefectures between 4:06 PM and 5:29 PM local time.

The strongest earthquake is now estimated at magnitude 7.5.

Power outages and burst water pipes have been reported in towns in the affected area, while major roads have been closed due to cracks and other damage.

Tsunami advisories have been issued for the far north of Hokkaido island and the southern part of Kyushu island.

More and more images are coming in from Japan.

A torii gate lies damaged at a shrine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.
A torii gate lies damaged at a shrine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. Photo: 津川康一/AP
A road sign informs motorists to leave the highway due to earthquakes in the city of Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture.
A road sign informs motorists to leave the highway due to earthquakes in the city of Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture. Photo: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Gavin Blair

Images from the city of Wajima, showing collapsed and damaged houses and huge cracks in roads, were broadcast by NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster.

The damage appears to be the result of the earthquake and not the 1.2 meter high tsunami that hit the area.

The prime minister, Fumio Kishidaarrived at his office at 5:15 p.m. local time to assess the damage and direct the government’s response.

People stand near cracks in the paved ground next to multi-story buildings
Cracks can be seen on the ground in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture. Photo: 高田香菜子/AP

Russia issues a tsunami alert for Sakhalin

Russian authorities have issued a tsunami alert for the west coast of Sakhalin.

An evacuation is underway, the regional emergency department said, Tass reported.

The Japanese Prime Minister calls for evacuation

Fumio KishidaJapan’s prime minister has called on residents of the affected areas to evacuate immediately, Reuters reports.

Residents should remain alert to further possible earthquakes and I urge people in areas where tsunamis are expected to occur to evacuate as quickly as possible.

A government spokesperson meanwhile warned residents to prepare for possible new earthquakes.

In Yokohama, near Tokyo, a tsunami warning is shown on television.
In Yokohama, near Tokyo, a tsunami warning is shown on television. Photo: Eugene Hoshiko/AP

Here is a map published by the Japan Meteorological Agency showing the latest warnings by area.

Latest tsunami warnings in Japan
Latest tsunami warnings in Japan Photo: Japan Meteorological Agency

“Major tsunami warnings are currently in effect,” the Japan Meteorological Agency said

The Japan Meteorological Agency said that “major tsunami warnings are currently in effect for coastal areas of Japan.”

The agency has posted a list of regional warnings on its website.

Tsunami warnings in Japan
Tsunami warnings in Japan. Photo: Japan Meteorological Agency

Earthquakes struck Japan and led to a tsunami warning

A series of earthquakes hit Japan today, prompting tsunami warnings.

One of the earthquakes had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, Reuters reported.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK TV said water flows could reach up to five meters high, the Associated Press reported. The public broadcaster called on people to flee to highlands or the top of a nearby building.

A map from the US Geological Survey shows the location of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan
A map from the US Geological Survey shows the location of a magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck the Noto region in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the depth of the epicenter was shallow and a tsunami warning was issued along the country’s western coastal areas for Ishikawa, Niigata, Toyama, Yamagata, Fukui and Hyogo. Photo: USGS/EPA

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