Wajima City, Japan – A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the west coast of Japan on Monday, resulting in at least four reported deaths and triggering tsunami warnings in the region. Though the tsunami warnings were later lifted, aftershocks continued to pose a threat, prompting authorities to issue tsunami advisories.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located 26 miles from Anamizu, Japan, and the Japan Meteorological Agency confirmed that parts of the area had indeed experienced a tsunami on Monday. As a result of the earthquake, a hospital in Suzu City reported transporting several injured individuals, while another hospital in Wajima City confirmed that it was treating patients in a parking lot. Additionally, a fire broke out in the city center of Wajima City in connection to the earthquake, with reports of people being trapped in collapsed buildings.
In the aftermath of the magnitude 7.5 earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded numerous aftershocks, including a magnitude 6.2 quake. Officials warned that the region could expect further damaging aftershocks in the hours and days following Monday’s earthquake. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida quickly ordered emergency resources to the affected area as it grappled with power outages, further complicated by freezing temperatures in the region.
Preliminary estimates indicate that the 7.5 earthquake was the strongest to hit Japan since 2015, underscoring the devastation and urgent need for support in the affected areas. The full extent of the damage and the impact on local communities is still being assessed, and emergency response efforts are underway to address the aftermath of this natural disaster in Japan.