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5 Houses Collapsed as M6.0 Earthquake Strikes Central Japan

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The Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, experienced the gentle sway of an earthquake today.

This area was recovering from its robust quake on New Year’s Day.

Yet, amidst the tremors, there was an unwavering calm, as Japan’s weather agency assured that there was no imminent tsunami threat.

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The earthquake started at 6:31 a.m., resonating from a depth of approximately 10 kilometres.

This highlights an upper five on Japan’s seismic intensity scale in Wajima and Suzu.

With meticulous monitoring, the Japan Meteorological Agency later revised the M6.0 from its preliminary estimate of 5.9, ensuring accurate assessment.

Shortly after that, at 6:40 a.m., another tremor, measuring 4.8 in magnitude, delicately touched the Noto area.

Many People Died and Houses Collapsed on Jan. 1

Wajima, one of the cities, is still grappling with the aftershock of the devastating magnitude 7.6 earthquake on New Year’s Day.

However, it faced further challenges as five houses collapsed, according to the Ishikawa prefectural government.

The initial quake claimed the lives of 260 individuals, leaving over 3,000 seeking refuge in evacuation shelters.

The Ishikawa prefectural government linked the recent seismic activity to the events of Jan.1.

They believe earthquakes with a similar power could persist for approximately one week.

Even if no tsunami warning was allotted, the agency noted a minor fluctuation in sea levels near cities like Suzu.

In the town of Tsubata, Ishikawa, a woman in her 60s suffered a fall, resulting in a broken leg when startled by an earthquake alert.

Similarly, in Namerikawa, Toyama Prefecture, a man in his 20s sustained injuries to his head and hips.

According to local authorities and firefighters, he obtained the injury while trying to evacuate to safety.

Hokuriku Electric Power Co. and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. have reassured the public.

They said no anomalies were detected at the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa.

They also affirmed that no issues were reported at the Niigata Prefecture’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant.

Meanwhile, according to East Japan Railway Co, the Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains experienced temporary suspensions following the earthquake.

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