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7.3 magnitude earthquake hits northeastern Japan, tsunami advisory issued

Updated: Mar 17, 2022

The epicenter is located at 37.7°N, 141.7°E near the east coast of Honshuu at a depth of 34 km.


By: Jei Beltrano on March 16, 2022 at 11:03 PHT (GMT+8)
PHOTO: US Geological Survey (USGS)

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits northeastern Japan before Thursday midnight at 11:36 PM JST according to the local agency units. A tsunami advisory has been issued for Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.

The epicenter is located at 37.7°N, 141.7°E near the east coast of Honshuu at a depth of 34 km.


Updates at 11:30 PM, March 16 PHT

- General programming of major Japanese television stations was postponed to give way to the advisories.

- Keisei Electric Railway operations were partially suspended due to the earthquake.

- Evacuation order raised to 8,083 households in the coastal area of Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture.

- Evacuation order raised to Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture

- Evacuation order raised to Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture

- Evacuation order raised to Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture

- Evacuation order raised to 1,961 households in Watari Town, Miyagi Prefecture

- No impact on NTT East communication service has been confirmed

- No impact on Iwate Sanriku Railway, but delays are expected

- No impact on Haneda Airport runway

- Tokyo Roppongi Hills Elevator halts, trapped civilians are being confirmed

- Operations of most of the conventional lines in the JR East metropolitan area are suspended

- Power outages 2.08 million houses in Kanto 1 Metropolitan Area and 8 prefectures

Updates at 12:00 AM, March 17 PHT.

- 20cm waves at Ishinomaki Port, Miyagi

- Damages are reported in various parts of Fukushima Prefecture under Intensity 6 and higher

- Evacuation order raised to 779 households in Yamamoto Town, Miyagi Prefecture

- Evacuation order raised to Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture - Power and water outage in Kofu City Condominium

- Evacuation order raised to 900 households in Matsushima Town, Miyagi Prefecture

- Evacuation order raised to the coastal area of Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture

- Evacuation order raised to 8,628 households in Tagajo City, Miyagi Prefecture - Evacuation order raised to households in the coastal area of Shichigahama Town, Miyagi Prefecture

- Evacuation order raised to Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture

- Part of a hotel wall at the east exit of JR Fukushima Station in Fukushima collapses

- Evacuation orders to the coastal areas of Miyagino Ward and Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai City

- Fukushima Prefecture opens evacuation center for evacuated families

- Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen train has been confirmed to have derailed between Fukushima Station and Shiroishizao Station


Updates at 12:45 AM, March 17 PHT

- Another magnitude 5.6 struck at the earthquake area, Intensity 4 recorded in Miyagi and Fukushima

- Fukushima Hirono Thermal Power Station Units 5 and 6 shut down

- Fire alarm sounds at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 5 Turbine Building, status is being confirmed

- Evacuation order raised to the coastal area in Futaba Town, Fukushima Prefecture

- Evacuation order raised to households in the coastal area of Rifu Town, Miyagi Prefecture

- Kanagawa Prefecture recorded Intensity 4, 3 people injured


Updates at 8:30 AM, March 17 PHT

- Tsunami advisory to all areas has been lifted at 6:20 AM JST


Source: NHK News


 

JAYSON 'JEI' BELTRANO

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A writer, editor, graphic designer, and certified Japanese language instructor. Founder of AniradioPlus. Self-taught with a sincere passion for all things about Japan, anime, manga, food, travel, and... pandas! Love keeping simple things in life. "Keep moving forward."