In the earthquake that rocked the Tokyo area on Thursday night, October 7, more than 30 people were left with injuries. Here’s the moment when the newscasters were stunned by the full-on live shaking.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency JMA estimated that the earthquake was magnitude 6.1. This meant there was no chance of a tsunami. American Institute USGS however, estimated that the magnitude was 5, 9 on Richter Open Scale.
The shock was felt in large parts of eastern Japan and caused shaking buildings. Residents’ phones were set to sound an alarm to alert them to their surroundings. This gave them time to escape to safety.
JMA stated that the epicenter of the earthquake occurred in Chiba (east of Tokyo) at 10:41 p.m. Its depth was estimated by the USGS at 61 kilometers.
Friday morning saw 32 injuries, most of them light, being assessed by the Agency for the Management Of Disasters And Fires.
According to the agency, fires were reported in a building as well as two refineries. However, they were contained.
As a precaution, local trains and high-speed trains (Shinkansen), were immediately suspended. There were still delays reported at Tokyo’s Shinagawa station on Friday morning.
A number of checks were also done at nuclear power plants to ensure that no anomalies were discovered.
“Please take immediate action to safeguard your life and keep up-to-date with the most recent information.”On Monday, Fumio Kinio, the Japanese Prime Minister, was tweeted about the earthquake.
Japan lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of intense earthquake activity that runs across Southeast Asia as well as the Pacific Basin. Japan has very strict building standards to ensure that buildings can withstand strong shaking.
Pakistan was the worst affected country in the earthquake that struck the country’s south-west on Thursday. The latest reports show at least 20 deaths.
Japan: A 6.1 magnitude earthquake was felt off the northwest coast archipelago last week, but it did not cause any damage.