–UPDATED: May 5, 2:20 PM Following this morning’s initial reports that there was no serious damage done in the capital city, it has been revealed that as many as 17 people sustained injuries. While they were all minor, the injuries were mostly said to be cases of falling during the shaking, and being hit by loose household items.–
A 6.2 earthquake struck Tokyo early Monday morning, with the epicenter 160 kilometers below the seabed in Izu Oshima Island. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the tremor, which hit the area at around 5:18 AM local time, registered lower 5 in the seismic intensity scale of 7 in Chiyoda Ward, central Tokyo, while the US Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 5.8 and a depth of 156 kilometers.
There has been no reported injuries nor damage to any property in Japan’s capital, although the earthquake was powerful enough to have shaken buildings in the city. Officials also assured the public that there was no immediate danger of a tsunami warning, which is always a big concern in a country like Japan and especially after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami which wreaked havoc in the eastern part of the country. Another concern would be the safety conditions at nuclear plants that are affected by the quake. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that suffered a meltdown during the 2011 disasters, said that they did not detect any abnormal activity at the plant.
The Cabinet set up a liaison office at the crisis management center, since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not in the country and is on a six-nation European tour. The office is tasked to update the office and the public about any damage that may have resulted from the quake. Japan is still currently revising drafting a disaster preparedness plan that aims to minimize the damage and loss of lives for upcoming earthquakes, which is a regular occurrence since the country is situated in an area where there is a large number of tectonic plates.
[ via NDTV ]
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