The Cambodian embassy in Japan has called on all Cambodians in the East Asian country to be cautious and avoid going to coastal areas following an earthquake that struck off the coast of Yamagata Prefecture in the north of the country.
According to an announcement by the embassy on Tuesday, at about 10pm on June 18, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck Yamagata Prefecture, and Japanese authorities warned of a possible tsunami along the coasts of the prefectures of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa.
The embassy has called on: “All Cambodian people, students, and trainees to stay away from the coastal areas of the three prefectures.”
The Cambodian embassy said that the three prefectures affected are home to 147 Cambodians.
“So, if the people living in those areas are affected, they can contact [us] via the Facebook of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Japan, and telephone number 080 4689 9374 or 080 3459 7889,” the embassy said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Ket Sophann said that until Wednesday, no Cambodians had been affected by the earthquake.
“The ministry has not received any reports that show Cambodian students and people affected by the earthquake there,” he said.
Cheng Kunthea, a trainee of JICA Tskuba, who is visiting Niigata Prefecture, said that it was the first time he had encountered an earthquake in Japan, while noting he was not in any danger.
“I am safe, it is just the first time that I encountered such a case [earthquake],” Mr Kunthea said. “By looking at the map, I am about 20 kilometres away from the west coast of Japan.”
According to 2017 data from the Cambodian in Japan, there are 10,719 Cambodian people living in Japan, including 3,506 people of Khmer community, 1,033 students and 6,804 trainees.
According to the embassy, until Wednesday afternoon, about 1,000 Japanese people have been evacuated to safe areas and more than 92,000 houses were affected and electricity was cut off.