Tsunami Warnings Lifted After Strong 7.5 Earthquake Hits Japan’s West Coast, At Least Four Dead

A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the west coast of Japan on Monday, claiming the lives of at least four people. The earthquake triggered tsunami warnings, although they were later lifted, and tsunami advisories remained in place due to aftershocks.

Centered 26 miles from Anamizu, Japan, the earthquake caused the Japan Meteorological Agency to confirm a tsunami in the area. Hospitals in Suzu City and Wajima City reported treating injured individuals, with the latter even attending to patients in a parking lot due to the earthquake’s impact. A fire broke out in the city center of Wajima City, and there were reports of people trapped in collapsed buildings.

In addition to the initial 7.5 magnitude earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded numerous aftershocks, including a 6.2 magnitude quake. Authorities warned of the possibility of more damaging aftershocks in the coming hours and days. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ordered emergency resources to the area, especially as the region grappled with power outages and freezing temperatures.

Preliminary estimates suggest that this 7.5 magnitude earthquake is the strongest to hit Japan since 2015, highlighting the severity of the situation. The impact of this natural disaster serves as a reminder of the country’s vulnerability to earthquakes and the importance of ongoing preparedness and emergency response efforts.