Chinanews, March 21st, a comprehensive report, local time on the evening of the 20th, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, causing no direct losses or casualties.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for the coastal areas of Miyagi Prefecture, which was lifted after about an hour. No major disaster has been reported so far.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the strong earthquake was initially estimated to be magnitude 7.2. It occurred in the Pacific Ocean near Miyagi Prefecture at 6:09 pm local time, with a focal depth of about 60 kilometers, and issued a tsunami wave of about one meter warning.
Thousands of households received evacuation warnings. The tsunami warning was lifted at 7:30 p.m. local time, and the municipality also terminated evacuation measures.
Takashi Yokota, an official of the Miyagi Prefecture Disaster Management Office, said that there is no immediate report of the loss.
"After the earthquake and tsunami warnings, we have not received any immediate reports of losses or casualties. But we are still collecting information," he said.
The East Japan Railway Company (JR East) said that the Shinkansen lines of Tohoku, Yamagata, and Akita have been affected by the suspension of trains.
The East Japan Expressway Company stated that certain sections of the Tohoku Expressway, Ban-etsu Expressway, and Yamagata Expressway are prohibited from passing.
Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission stated that there have been no reports of abnormalities in nuclear facilities in the area, including the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant, and various smaller facilities and experimental nuclear reactors.
A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Company, which is currently dismantling the Fukushima nuclear reactor, said the cooling system of the facility is operating normally.
The Japan Meteorological Agency held a press conference after the earthquake, calling for attention to earthquakes with a maximum intensity of about five in the next week in areas with strong shaking.
A seismologist said: "Although the tsunami warning has been lifted, there may still be some changes in the sea. Please do not go to coastal areas."Keywords: