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Earthquake jolts Japan’s northeast coast, cuts power in Tokyo

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  • Strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 jolts Japan.
  • Leaves hundreds of thousands of residents in Tokyo without power.
  • Authorities warn of aftershocks in Fukushima, Miyagi, Yamagata.

TOKYO: A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 jolted Japan’s northeast coast on Wednesday and left hundreds of thousands of residents in Tokyo without power.

The tremor, in the same region devastated by the magnitude 9 temblor 11 years ago that triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster, occurred at a depth of 60 kilometres, 57 kilometres off the coast, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

It registered as high as a 6-plus on the Japanese shaking intensity scale in some areas — too strong for people to stand — and rattled buildings in the capital.

The JMA issued a tsunami warning for the region of as high as 1 metre (3.28 ft), with public broadcaster NHK reporting waves of 20 centimetres in some places.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters his government was assessing the extent of any damage after arriving at his office following the tremor, which shook large parts of Japan.

Scattered goods caused by an earthquake are seen at a convenience store in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, Japan March 17, 2022, in this photo taken by Kyodo. — Reuters
Scattered goods caused by an earthquake are seen at a convenience store in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, Japan March 17, 2022, in this photo taken by Kyodo. — Reuters

Tokyo Electric Power Company said that around 2 million households were without power, including 700,000 in the capital, and that it was checking the condition of reactors at Fukushima and other plants, public broadcaster NHK reported.

No damage had yet been reported at those or at oil refineries on the coast, government officials said.

The radiation leak from the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant was the worst nuclear crisis since the explosion at the Chernobyl facility in Ukraine a quarter of a century earlier.

Authorities warned residents in Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures to expect aftershocks.

Sitting on the boundary of several tectonic plates, Japan experiences around a fifth of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

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The government is about to unleash another gasoline bomb on citizens beaten by inflation

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governmentThe price of petroleum products is anticipated to rise by the Federal Government starting on July 16. The price of gasoline is anticipated to rise by Rs7.67 per litre, the price of high-speed diesel by Rs3.72 per litre, and the price of kerosene by Rs2.73 per litre.

The people have informed me that a proposal to increase the petroleum levy has been created and is pending final clearance from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

After speaking with the premier, it is expected that the Ministry of Finance will declare the revised petroleum product prices tonight.

Petroleum product prices have recently surged due to rising global oil prices and Pakitsan’s adjustment of the petroleum levy in response to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) adamant demands, which forced the country to raise the petroleum development levy in the Finance Bill to Rs70 per litre.

Noteworthy is the fact that on July 1, the authorities also dropped a gasoline bomb.

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Torrential Rains: Punjab Is Expected To See Significant Rainfall Today And Tomorrow

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Severe rainstorms are predicted to strike the province in the next days, especially today and tomorrow, according to a warning from the Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

Given the weather prediction, the PDMA has asked those in charge of organizing mourning processions to take precautions.

Strong downpours are expected to batter the Province tonight and into Muharram 8 and 9, according to a PDMA spokeswoman.

Procession organizers should remain vigilant and make sure that all necessary safety precautions are taken, the spokeswoman recommended.

Rescue agencies have also been instructed by the PDMA to exercise caution, especially during the days of heavy precipitation that are predicted.

Avoid holding Majalis on shaky rooftops, keep a safe distance from electricity poles and wires, and stay away from rivers.

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Pakistan has so far repatriated 653,154 illegal Afghans.

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Reuniting illegal Afghans with their families is still ongoing, and as of right now, 653,154 Afghans have departed Pakistan altogether.

A total of 15,727 Afghans, comprising 7126 men, 4926 women, and 3675 children, departed their homeland between July 3 and July 15.

Five hundred and eighty-one cars carrying 487 families have returned to Afghanistan.

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