Magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocks Japan’s northwestern Chiba prefecture
Japan Meteorological Agency first registered the magnitude as 6.1, with an preliminary intensity of 80 kilometers (50 miles). The earthquake has since been up to date to a 5.9 magnitude with a intensity of 62 kilometers (38.5 miles), consistent with the USGS.
Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported a number of minor accidents within the Chiba Prefecture.
Kishida stated the federal government had requested educate operators to toughen individuals who weren’t ready to go back house, as some rail traces have been suspended as the results of the quake.
The Prime Minister advised journalists that the final time an earthquake of an higher 5 magnitude was once registered in Tokyo’s 23 wards was once on March 11, 2011, when a magnitude-9.0 quake struck the northeast of the rustic.
The earthquake was once felt strongly in Tokyo, consistent with CNN journalists primarily based within the town.
“We have a safety alert app on our phones. It started going off moments before the shaking saying ‘an earthquake is coming.’ The shaking was really strong. Sounded and felt like the house was going to crumble,” correspondent Blake Essig stated.
Picture frames, glasses and dishes fell off partitions and cabinets, he stated. “Definitely got the heart pounding.”
Another CNN correspondent in Tokyo, Selina Wang, stated sustained shaking had lasted for greater than 30 seconds. An alarm in her construction steered citizens to stick calm and reminded them that the construction was once earthquake-proof.
No abnormalities were detected at nuclear amenities following the earthquake, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno stated all over an emergency press convention. One is situated within the close by Ibaraki Prefecture.
Tokyo Electric Power Company stated 250 families have been with out energy in Tokyo.
Tokyo Haneda airport’s runway was once in brief closed on Thursday evening, following the quake, Matsuno additionally stated Thursday. Matsuno elaborated at the accidents reported in native media, describing one as severe along with 16 minor accidents.
No tsunami caution has been issued.
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