TOKYO: A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted Tokyo and surrounding areas late on Thursday, stopping prepare traces and inflicting sporadic energy cuts, however there have been no stories of main harm, Japan`s public broadcaster NHK mentioned.
The tremor, at 10:41 PM (1341 GMT), registered “strong-5” on Japan`s depth scale, a stage that might trigger some harm to buildings and energy cuts, the Japan Meteorological Agency mentioned.
The quake had an epicentre in Chiba prefecture, to the east of the capital Tokyo. There was no hazard of a tsunami from the quake, NHK mentioned. The authorities arrange an emergency response process drive.
NHK confirmed new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dashing again to his workplace. He instructed reporters he had instructed the duty drive to “find out about the latest situation, coordinate with local authorities on response”, and to supply info to the general public in a speedy method.
Several minutes earlier Kishida tweeted: “Take actions to protect your lives while confirming the latest information.”
Private broadcaster TBS reported incidents of water pipes bursting in Tokyo. Tokyo Electric Power Corporation reported 250 circumstances of blackouts within the metropolis.
Earthquakes are frequent in Japan, one of many world`s most seismically energetic areas. The nation accounts for about 20% of the world`s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or larger.
On March 11, 2011, the northeast coast was struck by a magnitude 9 earthquake, the strongest in Japan on report, and an enormous tsunami.
Those occasions severely broken the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant, triggering the world`s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl 1 / 4 of a century earlier.