#AceNewsReport – June.19: At least 26 people were injured, including one seriously, after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Japan’s northwestern region late Tuesday, causing landslides and power outages in some areas and prompting thousands of people to evacuate from their homes: Seventeen people were injured in Yamagata Prefecture, four each in Niigata and Miyagi prefectures, and one in Ishikawa Prefecture, according to a Kyodo News tally on Wednesday: There were no reports of people missing.
(The roof of a sumo ring is seen collapsed at an elementary school in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture.)
Most of the evacuees had returned home by Wednesday morning, and many residents were busy cleaning up their houses and neighborhoods during cold rain: The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of potential collapses of buildings and more landslides as quakes of similar intensity could hit Yamagata and Niigata prefectures over the following week, with heavy rain expected in the areas on Wednesday night possibly loosening soil.
The earthquake occurred around 10:22 p.m. at a depth of about 14 kilometres, with its epicenter located off Yamagata in the Sea of Japan, according to the meteorological agency: A tsunami warning was issued but lifted hours later: The quake registered upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Murakami in Niigata. A 10-centimeter tsunami was observed in the city of Niigata with smaller ones in other locations including Sakata and Wajima.
(Products are seen scattered on the floor of a supermarket store in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture.)
(Dishes are seen scattered on the floor of a kitchen of a house in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture.)
“I can’t believe I have experienced major quakes like this repeatedly in my life,” said Riki Yokota, an 81-year-old resident of Murakami, recalling surviving a big earthquake that struck Niigata in 1964: A strong earthquake jolted Niigata Prefecture and its vicinity in 2007 as well.
“I was so afraid I might not be able to escape” after a tsunami warning was issued, she said, after evacuating to a nearby junior high school with her daughter. She said she needs to use a walker: At the school’s gymnasium, about 200 people including elderly people and young children took shelter.
The two passengers and two crew members aboard a local train that was stopped in Murakami following the quake rushed to higher ground from the carriages near the coast: “We were really afraid of a tsunami,” said an evacuee from the train on the JR Uetsu Line who took shelter at a shrine on a hill.
#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: June.19: 2019: