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Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is situated in the northwest Pacific Ocean, and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, while extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. Wikipedia

Capital: Tokyo

Population: 125.8 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: Japanese yen

Prime minister: Fumio Kishida

Gross domestic product: 5.065 trillion USD (2019) World Bank

Emperor: Naruhito

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Alert

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A significant earthquake struck central Japan on January 1st, 2024. The earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, triggered a tsunami warning and advisories for residents to evacuate, particularly in coastal areas​​. This event is part of a series of powerful earthquakes that have affected western Japan, with a reported total of 155 quakes since that day​​. The earthquake measured 7 on Japan's shindo scale, which is the highest rating on this scale, and led to tsunami warnings along the country's western coast​​.

As of the latest reports, at least 30 individuals have tragically lost their lives due to these earthquakes​​​​. In response to the disaster, tsunami warnings were issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency for various prefectures including Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama​​. Additionally, international support has been indicated, with the UK expressing readiness to assist Japan in this challenging time​​.

This earthquake series is notably significant as it prompted the first major tsunami warnings in Japan since the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which had a profound impact on northeastern Japan, leading to nearly 20,000 fatalities and triggering nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima​​.

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Humanitarian Impact
  50,000
      Affected Persons
                ↳ Updated: 01-Jan-24
    250
          Damaged Homes
  48
        Deaths

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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