Four dead, thousands without power after earthquake in Japan


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Four dead, thousands without power after earthquake in Japan
The earthquake hit off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, home to a large nuclear power plant where a 2011 earthquake caused a severe disaster.
Published: MARCH 16, 2022

A strong earthquake jolted Japan's northeast coast on Wednesday, killing at least four people, injuring nearly 100 and leaving thousands of homes without power. The magnitude 7.4 earthquake, which struck shortly before midnight on Wednesday and revived memories of the March 11, 2011 disaster, also severed transport links to the northeast, with Shinkansen bullet train service indefinitely suspended and at least one major highway to the region closed for safety checks.

Parts of Tokyo lost power immediately after the earthquake, though most regained it within three hours. But some 36,400 households serviced by Tohoku Electric Power Co 9506.T in northeast Japan remained without electricity by 9:00 a.m. local time (0000 GMT) on Thursday, although the firm said it expected most will have supply restored later in the day.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said four people had died and that the government would be on high alert for the possibility of further strong tremors over the next two to three days. Authorities warned residents in Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures to expect aftershocks.