Water pipes burst in Tokyo and other areas, woman in her 80s suffered broken bones
TOKYO – An earthquake measuring over 5 on the Richter scale hit Tokyo and other areas last night, causing water pipes to burst in many places.
Water pipes burst in Tokyo and other areas, woman in her 80s suffered broken bones (JNN)
At around 10:41 p.m. yesterday, there was an earthquake with a maximum seismic intensity of over 5 on the Japanese scale. The epicenter was located in the northwestern part of Chiba Prefecture, the depth of the epicenter was 75 kilometers, and the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.9. The magnitude of the quake was 5.9 on the Richter scale.
As a result of the earthquake, a woman in her 80s broke her right leg in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture, and other people were injured in various places. In addition, water pipes burst in Setagaya, Meguro, Omotesando, and other areas of Tokyo, flooding the streets with water, and a sprinkler system in a parking lot in Adachi Ward, Tokyo, broke, sending out foam that appeared to be a fire extinguisher, temporarily blocking the roadway.
Professor Takashi Furumura, University of Tokyo
“Based on the location and depth of the epicenter, the earthquake could have occurred either in the Pacific Plate, which is sinking beneath the Kanto region, or at the boundary between the Pacific Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate. The scale of the earthquake was relatively large, and since it occurred directly beneath the Tokyo metropolitan area, the tremors were felt directly above and over a fairly wide area.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is urging people to be careful of earthquakes with similar tremors for the next week or so.
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