Thursday, May 08, 2008

A Series of Earth Quakes Hit Tokyo Causing Interruption to Electricity Supply and Minor Injuries

Earth quake is common-a-matter in Japan. Recently, a series of earth quake hit Tokyo on Thursday. One of which was projected 6.7 at the Rickter scale. Though there was not any serious damage, thousands of homes were left without electricity and reports of light injuries also came. It seems that the people of affected areas are lucky that they did not suffer any serious damage. In fact, 11 people died last July because of an earthquake hit with 6.8-magnitude.

AFP reported:

The strongest quake hit at 1:45 am (1645 GMT Wednesday) in the Pacific Ocean off Ibaraki prefecture, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Tokyo.

Six people were lightly injured, including an 18-year-old boy who was hit by his falling stereo speaker, according to the disaster management agency.

There were no reports of damage to houses, it said.

Power was cut off to some 4,500 households in Tsukuba City, northeast of Tokyo, but has since been restored, the industry ministry said.

Every year, Japan encounters some earthquakes. Though most of them are small and left without causing any major problem, history shows that Japan encountered some of the devastating earthquakes in the part losing many lives and huge financial and infrastructural damage. It is beyond the ability of human being to stop earth quake. However, I hope, Japanese government will take more initiatives to protect its people from earth quakes in future.