Many travelers are looking into travel insurance after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear problems in Japan last month. Airlines have cancelled flights, cruises have adjusted itineraries and many people do not feel safe traveling to the region. The situation is compounding, as another earthquake struck Japan this morning. The following is an excerpt from a CNN article with more detail on the disaster.
At least six people were killed when a magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Japan Tuesday morning, a local fire department said.
The six were killed when a landslide triggered by the quake buried three homes in Iwaki, the city’s fire department said. Three people were rescued and hospitalized, and fire officials were working to rescue an unknown number of others believed to be trapped, the department said.
The quake struck at about 8:08 a.m. Tuesday (7:08 p.m. Monday ET), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had a depth of about 13 kilometers (8 miles) and was centered about 77 miles east-southeast of Tokyo.
Monday night, one person was killed in Iwaki and several others were trapped when a powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake triggered landslides there, the fire department said. It happened exactly one month after the country’s devastating 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami.
The earlier quake was centered about 100 miles (164 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo and about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The landslides in Iwaki buried three houses. Police in Fukushima Prefecture initially reported that four people were trapped. The Iwaki Fire Department later said more than four people were trapped, but the exact number was unclear.
Authorities were trying to rescue them. Their condition was not immediately known, police said.
The earthquake did not cause a tsunami.
It is important to note that travel insurance will not cover an event that is foreseeable or has already happened. This means it is too late to purchase a policy to cover this, or the other earthquakes in Japan.
For those who already have travel insurance, check the policy for coverage language addressing natural disasters. This is how earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis would be covered. Some policies will cover trip cancellation or trip interruption because of a natural disaster. Most plans cover travel delays and missed connections for this reason. Learn more in our press release Check the Fine Print for Coverage in the Event of a Natural Disaster, Advises Squaremouth.