Japan issues emergency plea to conserve energy

Japan has issued an emergency plea to conserve energy following a massive earthquake that disrupted several power plants across the country.

It has warned of potential blackouts to its citizens, businesses and local authorities. In addition, the cold weather has further boosted demand.

According to Tokyo Electric Power Co, at least 2-3 million households could lose power after local time of 8 p.m. at the current power usage rate.

“At this rate, we are coming closer to a state where we will have to conduct power outages similar to those that took place after the quake (last week),” Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Koichi Hagiuda was quoted in a report.

It has been reported that during a press meet, Hagiuda called for an "additional 5% or so of power savings every hour from 3 to 8 p.m., equivalent to about 2 million kilowatts per hour."

Earlier, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno called on residents in eastern Japan impacted by the power crisis to save energy. He appealed for cooperation by switching off any unnecessary lights.

As per local reports, the recent earthquake has left six thermal plants un-operational in Tepco and Tohoku Electric Power coverage areas.

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