FUmio Kishida also asked Japanese people in areas affected by the earthquake to move to safe areas.
“I want to emphasize that citizens must be very careful and we urge people residing in these places [abrangidos por avisos de tsunami] to try to leave”, said Fumio Kishida in statements to the press.
Kishida said his government is trying to confirm the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake in the municipality of Ishikawa, on the western coast of the main island of Honshu, and the numerous aftershocks recorded subsequently.
The Prime Minister committed to providing as much information as possible to the population and instructed the various ministries to maintain close communication with each other.
The earthquake was initially recorded with a magnitude of 7.4, but this was revised upwards to 7.5 by the North American Institute of Geophysics (ISGS) and to 7.6 by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
The Japanese meteorological agency recorded the earthquake on the Noto peninsula, in Ishikawa prefecture at 16:10 local time (07:10 in Lisbon), at a shallow depth, having recorded a strong aftershock at 16:40.
State television NHK TV warned of waves that could reach five meters along practically the entire western coast and called on the population to climb to elevated areas or to the top of buildings as quickly as possible.
The first waves, around 1.2 meters high, reached the city of Wajima, around 500 kilometers west of Tokyo, at 16:21 (7:21 in Lisbon), said HNK, which activated the programming of emergency.
Authorities warned that these first waves could be followed by much higher waves.
Other locations in Ishikawa or Niigata prefectures recorded tide increases of between 540 and 80 centimeters.
Japan is a country prone to earthquakes. In March 2011, a major earthquake followed by a tsunami left around 20,000 people dead and missing and caused a serious nuclear accident in Fukushima.
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