Japanese authorities withdraw tsunami warning after earthquake

The Japanese authorities lifted this Thursday a tsunami warning activated after an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 registered the day before off the northeast coast of the country, while electricity was restored.

At least one person died in the coastal city of soma and dozens were injured by the earthquake, the Kyodo news agency reported.

A tsunami alert was activated for waves of up to one meter in the Fukushima and Miyagi regions, but this was withdrawn hours later by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The tremor was registered at 23:36 local time on Wednesday (local time) off the coast of the region of Fukushimaat a depth of 60 km, indicated JMA, which initially reported a magnitude of 7.3.

The earthquake caused a power outage that affected two million homes, 700,000 of them in tokyothe Japanese capital, indicated the energy company TEPCO.

But by around 4:00 a.m. Thursday (local time), the company had fixed the blackouts.

The Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority indicated that no anomalies had been detected at the Fukushima plant, which eleven years ago, on March 11, 2011, collapsed when it was hit by a tsunami that left 18,500 dead and missing.

The authorities indicated that they are working to assess the damage caused by the earthquake and warned that aftershocks could occur.

The Japanese archipelago is located in the so-called “Ring of Fire” of the Pacific, an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide, which extends through Southeast Asia and the Pacific basin.


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