DFA: Filipinos in quake-stricken areas in Japan are safe and staying in evacuation centers

MANILA — Filipinos affected by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck northeastern Japan Tuesday morning are safe with some of them staying in evacuation centers.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also said an earlier report from the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reported that no Filipino was injured or killed due to the strong quake.

“The earthquake strongly affected the prefectures of Fukushima, Tochigi, and Ibaraki. Tsunami warnings were immediately issued in Fukushima and Miyagi, and the coastal areas were evacuated,” the DFA posted in their twitter.

According to DFA, there are currently 237,103 registered Filipinos residing in Japan as of June 2016.

“There are 2,400 Filipinos in Fukushima, 9,074 in Ibaraki, 4,438 in Tochigi, 1,200 in Miyagi, and 1,079 in Iwate,” it said.

Public broadcaster NHK reported that the earthquake that hit the coast of Fukushima at 5:59 a.m. on Tuesday had a magnitude of 7.4 and had a depth of about 10 km or 6 miles.

Sendai, located 70 km or 45 miles north of Fukushima, experienced a tsunami of 1.4 meters or 4.5 feet.

Nuclear power plants on the coast were shut down in the wake of the earthquake, the strongest felt in the region since the magnitude 9 quake in March 2011 that left thousands dead.

“No injuries and casualties have been reported” by the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, which continues to monitor the Filipino community in affected areas and communicate with local government,” the DFA added. Sammy Martin/PNA-northboundasia.com