Commuters in the Tokyo area were hit by trains on some lines due to delays on Friday, but nothing else was affected after a strong earthquake struck the Japanese capital late last night, though officials warned of tremors for up to a week. warned.
The earthquake occurred at 10:41 pm (1341 GMT), centered east of Tokyo and registering as “Strong 5” on Japan’s intensity scale, which can cause power outages and damage to buildings. The Japan Meteorological Agency revised the magnitude to 5.9 from an initial 6.1. There were scattered reports of water mains breaking, and some 250 buildings in the city of Tokyo were temporarily out of power. One of the largest commuter train stations, Shinagawa, also lost power, forcing people in long lines for cabs as they tried to get home Thursday night.
Several dozen people were injured mainly from falling or being hit by falling objects. Most of the injuries were minor.
Everything was back to normal by Friday morning, except for a few train lines that were running late or with limited capacity. Due to the crowd, waiting passengers gathered on the streets outside.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said aftershocks, possibly of similar strength, could last up to a week. The hashtag “Cuse of the Quake” in Japanese was trending on Twitter, as Tokyoites, usually suffering from tremors, jokingly blamed it for everything from missing glasses to terrified cats, for leaving the quake behind. tried. However, many said that they had not slept.
“Looks like the commuting is really crowded because of the earthquake,” wrote user “nobio”. “It’s just a matter of luck that most people have got at least one dose now (coronavirus) vaccine,” Nobio said. Earthquakes are common in Japan, which accounts for about 20% of the world’s magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes.
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan, the strongest on record for the country, causing a massive tsunami and killing nearly 20,000 people.
The earthquake and tsunami also severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, triggering the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl a century ago.