A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 has jolted Tokyo and surrounding areas stopping train lines and causing power outages.
But there have been no reports of major damage, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK.
The tremor also registered “strong-5” on Japan’s intensity scale, a level that could cause some damage to buildings and power cuts, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The quake had an epicenter in Chiba prefecture, to the east of the capital Tokyo. There was no danger of a tsunami from the quake, according to NHK.
However, the government has set up an emergency response task force.
NHK showed new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida rushing back to his office where he told reporters that he had instructed the task force to “find out about the latest situation, coordinate with local authorities on rescuing the victims of the disaster”, and to provide information to the public in a speedy manner.
NHK said four people sustained injuries in Chiba and showed a two-story building in neighboring Saitama prefecture on fire.
Private broadcaster TBS reported incidents of water pipes bursting in Tokyo. And Tokyo Electric Power Corporation reported many cases of blackouts in the city from the earthquake.
Several train and subway lines in Tokyo and Chiba halted their trains.
On March 11, 2011, the northeast coast of Japan was struck by a magnitude 9 earthquake, the strongest in Japan on record, and a massive tsunami.
Those events severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, triggering the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Revelation 6) foretell that there will be earthquakes in the prophetic Last Days signaling the world is nearing the end of this age and the coming of Jesus Christ.
These events and conditions happening now are warning signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare now for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
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