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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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Strong earthQuake of 7.3M Hits Japan

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A strong earthquake of 7.3 M at a depth of 63 km occurred on 16 March at 14.36 UTC (23.36 local time) off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture. The epicentre was located about 50 km east of coastal Minamisoma City (Fukushima Prefecture). Fukushima Prefecture was severely affected by the 9.1 M earthquake in 2011, which caused more than 18,000 fatalities.

USGS PAGER estimates that up to 15,000 people were exposed to severe shaking, up to 2,392,000 people to very strong shaking, and up to 3,215,000 exposed to strong shaking. A foreshock of 6.5 M and an aftershock of 5.5 M were recorded in the area. A tsunami warning was issued by authorities on 16 March but was later lifted. A small tsunami up to 0.3 m was recorded in the coastal areas in Miyagi and northern Fukushima.

According to the Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA), two people have died and at least 161 people have been injured. There are no abnormalities have been detected at nuclear power plants in the region

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Humanitarian Impact
  2,392,000
      Affected Persons
  2
        Deaths

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

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