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Japan 2022: bullet train derailed by the Fukushima earthquake

| 17.3.22 |
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Bullet train derailed due to Fukushima earthquake

 The Japanese government is concerned about the economic impact of the 7.4-magnitude Fukushima earthquake on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 night. Concerns about the economic impact of the Fukushima earthquake due to disruption of the transportation system to the northeastern region of Japan. In fact, the tremors of the Fukushima earthquake caused a series of bullet trains to derail on the Tohoku Shinkansen line derailed about 2 km from Shiraishi Zao Station in Miyagi Prefecture. 

According to rail operator East Japan Railway, or JR East, a bullet train bound from Tokyo to the northeastern city of Sendai on the Tohoku Shinkansen line derailed about 2 km from Shiraishi Zao Station in Miyagi Prefecture. Fortunately, the accident did not result in any casualties, and only 78 passengers were injured. JR East has suspended operations between Nasushiobara in Tochigi Prefecture and Morioka in Iwate Prefecture. This sharply reduced the number of train trips north from Tokyo to Nasushiobara, and south from Shin-Hakodate Hokuto to Morioka in Hokkaido. 

The company said they may need a long time to normalize their operations. For, to recover derailed trains and to thoroughly inspect all affected tracks. That then made the Japanese government worried about the economic impact caused by the Fukushima earthquake. The powerful earthquake that rocked Japan late Wednesday left scars on transportation systems and supply chains in the northeast, raising fears of a prolonged impact on the economy. Japan Airlines has decided to provide additional flights between Tokyo and the Tohoku area, at a time when bullet train services are suspended. The earthquake also disrupted road traffic. According to highway operator Nexco East Japan, the Tohoku Expressway and Joban Expressway were among the highways closed on Thursday. Courier service operator Yamato Holdings warned that deliveries to the northeast region may be delayed. Toyota Motor East Japan, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor, has temporarily suspended plant operations in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures. 

The company will inspect the plant to see if it is safe to resume operations Thursday afternoon. The affected factories built the Yaris Cross SUV and Aqua compact. Oil company Eneos suspended operations at its Sendai refinery after safety alarms were triggered. Although there was no fire or explosion, oil leaked from the tank on site; recovery work in progress. Operations at the Chiba Refinery have also been suspended due to a power outage that occurred within the Tokyo Electric Power Co. service area. (TEPCO). The Kawasaki Refinery facility has also ceased operations.


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