Major earthquakes, tsunami waves leave parts of Japan without power

Some roads have been closed and train services have been suspended around the epicentre

By AFP

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Cracks are seen on the ground in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture in Japan on Monday (Photo: AP)
Cracks are seen on the ground in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture in Japan on Monday (Photo: AP)

Published: Mon 1 Jan 2024, 1:13 PM

Last updated: Mon 1 Jan 2024, 9:27 PM

Around 33,500 households were without power around the epicentre of a series of major earthquakes in central Japan on Monday, local utilities said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said that a total of 21 quakes above 4.0 magnitude hit the country.

One of these was a major 7.5 earthquake that triggered a series of tsunami warnings.

A tsunami warning is shown on TV in Yokohama, near Tokyo on Monday. (Photo: AP)
A tsunami warning is shown on TV in Yokohama, near Tokyo on Monday. (Photo: AP)

The first tsunami waves, some more than a metre high, arrived on the north coast of central Japan after the series of earthquakes. Waves as high as 1.2 metres hit Wajima port in Ishikawa prefecture at 4.21pm local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The areas affected were the Toyama, Ishikawa and Niigata prefectures on the Sea of Japan side of Japan's main island of Honshu.

Several major highways were closed on Monday around the epicentre of the earthquakes. Shinkansen bullet train services were also suspended between Tokyo and the epicentre in the Noto region in Ishikawa prefecture on the Sea of Japan side of Japan's main island of Honshu, Japan Railways said.

The government said that no abnormalities had been reported after the earthquakes.

"It has been confirmed that there are no abnormalities at Shika nuclear power plant (in Ishikawa) and other stations as of now," government spokesman Yoshimasa Hayashi said.

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