Japan Jolted by Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake; No Serious Injuries Reported, No Tsunami Alert

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8, revised up from an earlier estimate of 6.6, jolted northeast Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings 400 kilometres away in Tokyo and raising the possibility of landslides closer to the epicentre.

No tsunami alert was issued after the quake, which struck at 10.27 am Japan time (0127 GMT) off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at a depth of 51 kilometres (32 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. The JMA earlier estimated its depth at 60 kilometres.

There were no reports of serious injuries caused by the quake, but the JMA warned of the potential for strong aftershocks for about a week, as well as the heightened risk of landslides.

Tokyo Electric Power reported there were no issues at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, wrecked by a massive earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan in March 2011, and sited some 105 kilometres from the epicentre of Saturday’s quake. Likewise it said there were no issues at the Fukushima Daini facility, just to the south of the wrecked plant.

Closer to the epicentre, there were no issues at the Onagawa nuclear station, according to operator Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc.

Bullet train services throughout northern Japan were suspended for several hours, but had resumed by late afternoon.

The coast off northeast Japan has been hit by multiple earthquakes in recent months, including a magnitude 7.2 quake in March and a similar sized one in February – both said by scientists to be aftershocks from the magnitude 9 quake a decade ago that ravaged Fukushima Daiichi and was one of the strongest temblors on record.

Eneos Holdings Inc, Japan’s biggest refining company, said its Sendai refinery, also located close to the epicentre, automatically shut down as the quake struck. Engineers were making checks after confirming there were no injuries, it said.

The 145,000 barrels per day refinery had only restarted in April after being damaged by the February earthquake. That quake knocked out one fifth of Japan’s refining capacity.…

Kobach Signals Intent to Run for Kansas Attorney General

Polarizing moderate Kris Kobach has designated a financier for a run for Kansas head legal officer, a solid sign that he designs one more endeavor at a political rebound in the wake of losing races for lead representative and U.S. Senate.

Kobach’s arrangement of a financier is important under Kansas law for him to fund-raise for a 2022 mission, and he documented the vital structure electronically with the state morals commission late Wednesday. He booked a 1 p.m. news gathering in Wichita to declare his arrangements.

Kobach is a previous Kansas secretary of state who is broadly known for supporting prohibitive movement arrangements and intense elector recognizable proof laws. He additionally was the primary conspicuous Kansas chose official to support President Donald Trump in 2016.

He estranged autonomous and moderate GOP electors in losing the Kansas lead representative’s race in 2018 to Democrat Laura Kelly, at that point lost the GOP essential for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2020.

His arrangement of a financier came somewhat more than a month after Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt declared his mission for the Republican assignment for lead representative.

Other than his intense state approaches against migration, Kobach likewise guaranteed while running for lead representative to recoil state government with the goal that Kansas could get back to reducing government expenditures.…

Sony’s Profit Zooms to Record on Video Games, ‘Demon Slayer’

Sony‘s January-March benefit zoomed eight-crease to 107 billion yen ($982 million) from a year sooner as individuals stuck at home during the Covid pandemic went to the Japanese hardware and diversion organization’s computer games and other visual substance.

Sony Corp. revealed a record benefit of 1.17 trillion yen ($11 billion) for the monetary year that finished March 31, generally multiplying from 582 billion yen the past financial year.

The ubiquity of the “Devil Slayer” liveliness film additionally helped, alongside strong deals in versatile game applications and computerized content. Request continues for the PlayStation 5 game comfort, which went at a bargain a year ago. Sony said it has sold 7.8 million PlayStation 5 machines universally.

Tokyo-based Sony’s quarterly deals rose 27% from 1.7 trillion yen to 2.2 trillion yen ($20 billion). Sony had revealed a January-March benefit of 12.6 billion yen a year ago.

Sony’s monetary administrations division, including banking and protection, additionally added to sound benefits and deals for the financial year.

Among the top-selling Sony melodic craftsmen in the most recent financial year were Harry Styles, AC/DC, Luke Combs and Doja Cat.

In any case, Sony extended a 44% decrease in benefit for the monetary year through March 2022, at 660 billion yen ($6 billion), as variables that helped benefit for the financial year just finished, like the megahit “Evil spirit Slayer,” would be absent.

Deals for the monetary year through March 2022 were required to rise almost 8% to 9.7 trillion yen ($89 billion), as cinemas returning with the pandemic dying down in certain locales would help its movies business.

The organization additionally expects expanded income from permitting the TV show “Seinfeld.”

Sony said its primary concern was upheld by its solid licensed innovation content and rewarding acquisitions, part of its change from generally fabricating hardware items like TVs and Walkman recorders to conveying an assortment of amusement.…