Powerful Japanese Earthquakes Hit Cities, Trigger Tsunami Warnings

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The city of Wajima faced nearly 4-foot-high waves, and Kanazawa saw waves reaching almost 3 feet. Rescue teams continue to navigate challenging conditions to reach those trapped and provide assistance.

Measuring at an estimated 7.6 magnitude, Monday’s earthquake has left a lasting impact.

The ground rose by over 13 feet in some areas and shifted more than 3 feet in others. Aftershocks, persisting into Wednesday, contribute to the ongoing challenges. 

As of Tuesday, the death toll stands at 62, with rescue teams continuing to work to locate survivors amidst the rubble.

Japanese Earthquakes 

This recent seismic event is drawing comparisons to Japan’s 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which resulted in nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima plant and claimed the lives of 18,000 people.

However, the current earthquake’s lower magnitude, combined with Japan’s robust emergency preparedness system, has helped keep the death toll lower.

Japan’s awareness and readiness for seismic activity has played a crucial role in mitigating the impact of earthquakes.