International media published several videos of the moment of a strong earthquake in Japan today, Saturday, and the attempts of many people to escape from the buildings for fear of falling due to the earthquake.
The Japanese authorities raised a tsunami warning they had issued earlier today, Saturday, after an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale occurred in northeastern Japan.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage. The meteorological agency adjusted the quake’s intensity from 7.2 to 6.9.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency had warned of a tsunami of up to one meter high in Miyagi, and the first wave of the tsunami struck the city of Ichinomaki in the province, according to what was reported by the Japanese Radio and Television Corporation (NHK). Following the warning, some Miyagi residents rushed to the highlands, fearing a tsunami.
The earthquake shook buildings in the capital, Tokyo. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the epicenter of the earthquake that struck the region at 0909 GMT was off Miyagi.
Japan recently commemorated the tenth anniversary of the devastating earthquake, with a magnitude of 9 on the Richter scale, in the same region, which resulted in the tsunami waves on March 11, 2011, which resulted in the death or loss of 18,400. The double natural disaster resulted in the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima plant Daiichi nuclear, and radioactive materials leak into the surrounding environment. The disaster forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.
Japan is located on the fault lines of four tectonic plates, which exposes it to seismic activity. The country also has about 100 active volcanoes.
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