World Latest News Updates: Japan follows Quick remedy to avoid power shortage1 min read
As snow fell in Tokyo and the temperature plummeted to 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 degrees Fahrenheit), Tokyo Electric Power Co warned demand had increased and that up to 3 million households might lose power after 8 p.m. (1100 GMT) unless use rates lowered. In the evening, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry predicted that the country will escape blackouts. Last week, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake off Japan’s northeast coast knocked off electricity to approximately 2 million people, including hundreds of thousands in Tokyo. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) stated demand had risen as the temperature dropped to 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and that up to 3 million households might lose power after 8 p.m.
If consumption rates do not decrease, it will be 11:00 a.m. (11:00 a.m. GMT). Since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi facility, Japan has faced a difficult energy market. For the first time, the Tokyo Skytree tower switched off its lights for the whole day, and just the lower half of Tokyo Tower was illuminated. According to Seven & I Holdings, 8,500 7-Eleven locations lowered their temperatures to 20 degrees Celsius, one degree lower than usual.