Residents along the western coast of Japan are being urged to evacuate immediately following a powerful earthquake that struck the region on Monday. The 7.5 magnitude quake, which occurred at 4:10 p.m. local time, triggered a tsunami alert and prompted warnings from officials. The epicenter of the earthquake was located approximately 42 kilometers northeast of Anamizu in Ishikawa prefecture, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Within minutes of the earthquake, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning along coastal regions of western Japan. The first tsunami waves, measuring around 1.2 meters (3.9 feet), were reported in Wajima City. However, no immediate damage was reported. Meanwhile, in Noto City, a major tsunami warning remains in effect, with waves as high as 5 meters expected, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Videos and images shared on social media show the aftermath of the earthquake, with collapsed roofs, shaken foundations, and store aisles strewn with goods. As a result of the quake, over 32,500 homes in Ishikawa prefecture were left without power. However, no abnormalities were reported at nearby nuclear plants, according to Kansai Electric.
In addition to the initial earthquake, a series of aftershocks were recorded. The most significant aftershock, measuring 6.2 magnitude, occurred at 4:18 p.m. local time. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida assured the public that the government would provide timely and accurate information.
Tsunami waves of less than a meter were recorded in various other areas along Japan’s western coast. The tsunami warning system categorizes waves expected above 3 meters as a “tsunami warning” and waves above 5 meters as a “major tsunami warning.”
As the situation continues to unfold, residents are urged to remain vigilant and follow the guidance of local authorities.