A reporter who was broadcasting the Olympic news live in Tokyo, Japan, sensed an earthquake, and his pupils shook and tensed. At 5:30 am on the 4th (Japan time) when a magnitude 6.0 earthquake off the coast of Ibaraki, Japan, ‘Sunrise’ of Australian Channel 7 was delivering live Olympic news with reporters dispatched to the area.
Channel 7, Australia’s official Olympic broadcasting station, delivers Olympic-related news in a realistic way through its morning news show, ‘Sunrise’, by connecting reporters who went to Tokyo every morning. On the morning of the 4th, Marc Beretta, a famous sports reporter, appeared on the screen in front of the Tokyo Press Tower building to deliver news related to the Australian match to be held that day. At that moment, the camera and lights shook, giving the illusion that the 10-story building behind the reporter was shaking.
Beretta’s pupils trembled as if it sensed an earthquake, and the tension was revealed on the screen. Beretta explained the atmosphere of the scene to viewers, saying, “An earthquake is occurring here where the Olympics are being held.” He said, “The roof of the building where we are broadcasting is shaking, and the camera and lighting are shaking as the viewers feel it.”
The shaking of the earthquake continued for about 30 seconds. “It’s a very unusual experience, as I’ve never experienced being shaken by an earthquake before,” Beretta said. “It feels very unrealistic as the building shakes back and forth, as if I was doing somersaults during gymnastics,” he said.
Despite the shaking of the roof caused by the earthquake, Beretta faithfully delivered the Olympic news, and the broadcast ended well. Anchors in the studio also expressed their surprise at this unusual situation that occurred during the live broadcast.
Meanwhile, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced on the 4th that an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 occurred off the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture. It is estimated that the epicenter is 36.3 degrees north latitude and 141.8 degrees east longitude, and the depth of the epicenter is about 40 km. A magnitude 3 earthquake was sensed in Fukushima Prefecture, Miyagi, Ibaraki, and Tochigi Prefectures as a result of this earthquake. The Japan Meteorological Agency announced that there is no risk of a tsunami (tsunami) caused by the earthquake.
Kyung-Tae Kim, Correspondent, Sydney (Australia) [email protected]