Japan's Major Earthquake: The Ripple Effect on Korea's East Coast

January 1, 2024, Japan was struck by a massive earthquake, registering a magnitude of 7.6, near Ishikawa Prefecture's Noto Peninsula. 
The impact of Japan's earthquake on South Korea has been small week to week

This seismic event, considered one of the strongest since the 2011 East Japan earthquake, sent shockwaves across the region, including significant repercussions for Korea’s East Coast.

The earthquake, which occurred at approximately 4:10 PM local time, caused considerable damage in Ishikawa Prefecture. Buildings collapsed, fires erupted, and roads cracked open, leading to casualties and extensive property damage. As the night progressed, over 30,000 households were left without electricity, and at least two fatalities were confirmed.

Tsunami Warnings in Korea

In the aftermath of the quake, tsunami warnings were issued across Japan's northern coastal regions. By 6 PM, high waves began hitting Korea's eastern shoreline, signaling the tsunami's reach beyond Japanese waters. The highest wave, recorded at 67 cm in Mookho, posed a significant threat to coastal areas.
Tsunami warning Korea

The situation in Japan remained dire, with continued tremors and a secondary earthquake of magnitude 4.6. The Ishikawa region saw more than 300 buildings collapse, with reports of people trapped under rubble. The crisis extended to nuclear safety concerns, with immediate checks initiated at nearby nuclear power plants.

In response to the tsunami threat, Korea's meteorological agency issued advisories, and Gangwon Province's government urged residents to evacuate to higher grounds. Text message alerts were sent, advising avoidance of coastal areas and seeking refuge in buildings at least three stories high. 

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