(CTN News) – Following the devastating Japan Earthquake, Pakistan’s ambassador to Japan, Raza Bashir Tarar, has reached out to the diaspora community and confirmed that all Pakistanis are currently safe.
In response to the situation, a hotline has been established to assist any Pakistanis facing difficulties. The Japan Earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, has led to evacuation warnings, power outages, and disruptions to transportation services in the affected region.
The Pakistan Embassy has also urged expatriates residing in the coastal prefectures of Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama to follow the instructions provided by local authorities.
Through a tweet, the embassy informed that the Japanese government had issued tsunami warnings in these areas and their neighboring regions.
The Pakistani consulate in Tokyo is closely monitoring the situation, and the embassy expressed their prayers for the safety of all, seeking protection from Allah (SWT).
NHK reported that the Japan Earthquake caused waves of approximately one meter along certain parts of the Sea of Japan coast, with the expectation of a larger wave.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated on NHK that authorities are still evaluating the extent of the damage and urged residents to be prepared for additional tremors. Kishida emphasized the importance of remaining vigilant for potential Japan Earthquake and advised those in tsunami-prone areas to evacuate promptly.
NHK footage showed a building collapsing in Suzu, a coastal city, and residents in Kanazawa seeking shelter under tables during the tremors.
The Japan Earthquake also affected buildings in Tokyo,
Located on the opposite coast. Hokuriku Electric Power reported that over 36,000 households in Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures experienced power outages.
High-speed rail services to Ishikawa were suspended, and Softbank and KDDI, telecom operators, reported disruptions in phone and internet services in Ishikawa and Niigata.
ANA, a Japanese airline, redirected four planes en route to Toyama and Ishikawa airports due to the Japan Earthquake, while Japan Airlines canceled most of its flight services to Niigata and Ishikawa for the remainder of the day.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan confirmed that there were no abnormalities at the nuclear power plants along the Sea of Japan, including the active reactors at Kansai Electric Power’s Ohi and Takahama plants in Fukui Prefecture.
The Shika plant in Ishikawa, which was closest to the epicenter of the earthquake, had already shut down its two reactors for regular inspection and was unaffected by the quake.
It is worth noting that a massive earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, resulting in the loss of nearly 20,000 lives, widespread destruction of towns, and triggering nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima.