It was 4:10 PM local time (7:10 AM GMT time) at the train station in Kanazawa when the products displayed in the premises began to fall from their display cases while the officers began to ask travelers to urgently withdraw to an open place on the outskirts of the place.
The strongest earthquake of the 21 that affected the area in less than two hours caused scenes of panic and loss of water in the following seconds, which fell in torrents from the roofs of the business area of the terminal. As dozens of people ran outside, others appear frozen in each other’s arms while everything shakes.
In the midst of the rush of some, Others are seen who seem to maintain an out-of-context calmness, and continue sending messages through their cell phones to report the fact or find out about what is happening.
The urgency finally makes them follow the orders of the officers who rush to get people out of the most dangerous area and take them outside, where they gather to wait for the earthquake to pass.
In this record of the coastal city of Suzu, in Ishikawa, you can see the tremendous shaking received by the security camera that recorded the earthquake, while a bridge in the distance resists the critical process with apparent success.
However, in the second part of the video you can see how one of the buildings that are in the same city, but further away from the sea, collapses (top left), while a person is distressed in the middle of the street moving from one side to the other. from one side to the other without knowing where to go in the midst of the panic that the situation generates.
Fire and collapses in Wajima
In Wajima they also broke loose fires that have destroyed at least half a dozen houses. There is still no news of injuries or fatalities.
The local authorities have indicated that more than 30 calls reported falling buildings, but that they have not yet been able to help all the people who are presumed to be in danger because the road is in very poor condition.
Landslide, crack in the asphalt and snowy roofs
In various regions there were dramatic scenes and others that people took almost in a tone of fun. On the one hand, the collapsed houses and cracks in the asphalt of the cities distressed those who recorded the images in Ishikawaas in the city of Uchinada.
On the other hand, the snow-covered roofs caused small spills in Naganowhere the neighbors took the opportunity to go out into the street to record the anecdotal event with their mobile phones, without any damage being seen in the images.
The scene was repeated more than once in the succession of earthquakes of intensity that was 4.0 and 7.6, according to the official report from the authorities of the Japan Meteorological Agency. The event triggered a tsunami warning along the entire western coast of the island of Honshu, the country’s largest, but especially in the Ishikawa region.
Waves up to five meters high were expected on the coast of this island, while the NHK network said that so far there were one meter and 20 centimeters in height. Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, at 4:21 PM (local time) this Monday; 80 centimeters in Toyama, prefecture of the same name, at 4:35 PM local time; and 40 centimeters in KashiwazakiNiigata prefecture, at 4:36 PM.
Russia and South Korea join the alerts
Likewise, cities in the Russian Far East, including Vladivostokalso issued an “alert” for possible tsunami risk, although at the moment no evacuations were carried out.
“The coastal areas of the western coast of Sakhalin could be affected by tsunami waves“, warned the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations on Telegram. Vladivostok authorities advised fishermen to return to port.
South Korea has issued alerts for rising sea levels, the Yonhap news agency reported. Eastern Gangwon province has urged some residents to evacuate to higher ground.