Japan’s West Coast Hit by Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake, Four Reported Dead

Wajima City, Japan – A devastating magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the west coast of Japan on Monday, resulting in the reported deaths of at least four people. The earthquake also triggered tsunami warnings that were later lifted, but tsunami advisories continued due to aftershocks. The Japan Meteorological Agency confirmed that parts of the area had experienced a tsunami on Monday.

The earthquake, centered 26 miles from Anamizu, Japan, caused significant damage in several cities in the region, including Wajima City and Suzu City. Numerous people were transported to hospitals with injuries, and reports of people trapped in collapsed buildings added to the chaos.

In addition to the initial earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey reported numerous aftershocks, including a magnitude 6.2 quake. Officials warned that damaging aftershocks could continue in the hours and days following the initial earthquake. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promptly ordered emergency resources to the affected area as the region also dealt with power outages and freezing temperatures.

Preliminary estimates suggest that the magnitude 7.5 earthquake is the strongest to hit Japan since 2015. The situation remains severe as authorities work to assess the full extent of the damage and provide support to the affected communities.

In summary, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the west coast of Japan, resulting in loss of life, injuries, and significant damage to the affected areas. Aftershocks and continued concerns for tsunamis have added to the challenges faced by the region. Prime Minister Kishida has ordered emergency resources to the area as the region deals with power outages and freezing temperatures.