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Tokyo hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake, bringing public transport to a halt and inflicting sporadic energy cuts (VIDEOS)

Tokyo hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake, bringing public transport to a halt and causing sporadic power cuts (VIDEOS)


The Japanese capital and surrounding areas have been hit by a robust earthquake, inflicting energy cuts and stopping trains, though no main injury has been reported and no tsunami threat has been flagged.

Late Thursday, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 was registered round Tokyo. The tremor was recorded at 10:41pm native time (13:41 GMT) and registered strong-5 on Japan’s depth scale – the extent means that the quake might trigger some injury to buildings and energy outages. 

The epicenter was registered in Chiba prefecture, east of the sprawling capital, Tokyo.

Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, mentioned the tremors had brought on trains to cease and engendered sporadic energy cuts. Nevertheless, there have been no experiences of any main injury and no hazard of a tsunami. Trains have since restarted working between Tokyo and Chiba, in response to NHK.

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Tokyo Electrical Energy Company reported 250 instances of blackouts within the capital, whereas broadcaster TBS mentioned that a variety of water pipes had damaged because of the tremors.

Photographs shared on social media present parked vehicles shaking and vibrations throughout the capital.

New Prime Minister Fumio Kishida advised reporters that he had instructed an emergency response process pressure to “discover out concerning the newest scenario [and] coordinate with native authorities” on their response to the quake.

“Take actions to guard your lives whereas confirming the newest info,” he tweeted moments later.

The Twitter account of the prime minister’s workplace advised residents to be cautious of additional shaking and to not journey within the stricken areas.

Japan accounts for 20% of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or better, and has registered a few of the strongest quakes in current many years, together with one at magnitude 9 in 2011 which, mixed with a tsunami, led to the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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