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The Olympic Torch Relay launch ceremony has begun in Japan

The Olympic torch relay launch ceremony takes place in Fukushima Prefecture at the J-Village Soccer Training Center, which was chosen as a symbol of the country’s rebirth after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

The Olympic relay will begin on March 25 and will pass through all 47 prefectures of Japan to Tokyo, where the opening of the postponed Olympic Games-2020 will take place on July 23.

Earlier, Japan calculated the number of losses due to the absence of foreign spectators at the Tokyo Olympics. According to experts, the country’s budget will miss about 150 billion yen (1.37 billion US dollars). According to the idea of the organizers of the Games, it was planned to show tourists not only the capital but also the regions.

On Saturday, March 20, the organizing committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo made the final decision to hold the competition without foreign fans. The measure is designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Also in Japan, new strains of the virus are feared to enter the islands.

The Olympic Games were postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the situation with the coronavirus pandemic. It is planned that the Olympiad will be held from July 23 to August 8.

In Iceland, there was an eruption of a volcano that “slept” for almost 800 years

In Iceland, southwest of the capital Reykjavik, the Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted, last waking up almost 800 years ago.

This is reported by the BBC.

The Icelandic Meteorological Agency reports that the eruption of Fagradalsfjall, which is located about 30 km from Reykjavik, began on Friday at 20: 45 GMT, and was subsequently confirmed by webcams and satellite images.

Only a few hours earlier, a magnitude 3 earthquake was recorded 1.2 km from the volcano.

According to preliminary data, the length of the volcanic crack is 500-700 meters.

At this stage, the eruption is considered small, the lava flows are insignificant. The lava flows slowly to the southwest and west.

Air pollution from volcanic gas is also expected. People are asked to close their windows, stay at home, and under no circumstances approach the eruption site. The number of emissions is currently estimated. The weather forecast provides for strong winds and precipitation, which will reduce the impact of possible pollution.

Iceland often faces aftershocks because it is located on two tectonic plates that drift in opposite directions.

As reported, over the past three weeks, more than 50,000 earthquakes have been registered in the country.

Iceland has experienced over 50,000 earthquakes in the past three weeks

More than 50,000 earthquakes have been recorded in Iceland over the past three weeks.

It is reported by the BBC.

This unusual activity indicates an impending volcanic eruption. Scientists do not know when it will happen, and Icelanders at this time are learning to live with the tremors of the earth.

“A lot of people are awakened by an earthquake. Some of them were over 5 magnitudes. This is very unusual. I don’t think anyone remembers anything like that,” says Elisabeth Palmadottir of the Icelandic Meteorological Service.

The zone of seismic activity is located 30 kilometers from the capital of Reykjavik. Icelanders are used to volcanic eruptions, but they haven’t occurred in the area for hundreds of years.

Recall that the eruption just south of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 led to the cancellation of thousands of flights across Europe through thick clouds of ash and smoke.

In October, a video interview with Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir for the American edition was interrupted by a 5-point earthquake.

There was an earthquake in Greece, there is destruction

An elderly man was trapped in one of the houses after a wall collapsed as a result of an earthquake.

In Greece, there was an earthquake, landslides, and damage to houses were recorded in the villages of Damasi, Vlahogianni, and Mesochori, which were located near the epicenter. Reported by Kathimerini.

An earthquake of magnitude 6 caused destruction in the villages closest to the epicenter. An elderly man was blocked in one of the houses after the wall collapsed. The local church was damaged.

The bridge on the road from Eliason to Larisa was closed to traffic after a noticeable crack appeared on it.

Locals stay on the street, housed in parks and squares.

Strong earthquake hits Japan

In Japan, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Tohoku region late on Saturday evening, February 13, which affected Fukushima Prefecture. As a result, at least 50 people were injured and several power plants were out of order.

Reported by the Japantimes edition.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the epicenter of the earthquake was located off the coast of Fukushima, about 220 kilometers north of Tokyo, where it was felt about 4 points. Its hearth was at a depth of about 55 kilometers. No tsunami warnings have been reported.

At least 950,000 homes were left without electricity in Tokyo and its suburbs.

A source in the Japanese government said that the situation with the power outage is expected to be corrected within 24 hours, but in the Tohoku region, it will take more time.

A spokesman for the Meteorological Agency said that additional tremors of up to 6 points could occur throughout the week. According to the official, today’s earthquake maybe the aftermath of the “Great Earthquake” in eastern Japan, which occurred in the same region on March 11, 2011.

“Since (the 2011 earthquake) was huge with a magnitude of 9, it is not surprising that another happened 10 years later,” said Kenji Satake, professor at the Institute for Earthquake Research at Tokyo University.

Let us remind you that on Saturday, February 13, an earthquake also occurred in Armenia. There, the magnitude of the aftershocks was 4.9, the epicenter was 12 km from Yerevan.