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Power Outage Alert in Japan Amid Quake Damage, Cold Weather

A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks in a snowy rain Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Tokyo. Japan’s government on Tuesday issued a rare blackout alert due to power supply shortages stemming from stoppages of several coal-fired power plants that had shut down by last week’s powerful earthquake, calling on households and companies to conserve power. The alert comes as the Tokyo region faces snow, an unusual cold weather for the season, prompting use of heaters while there was no solar power generation. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks in a snowy rain Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Tokyo. Japan’s government on Tuesday issued a rare blackout alert due to power supply shortages stemming from stoppages of several coal-fired power plants that had shut down by last week’s powerful earthquake, calling on households and companies to conserve power. The alert comes as the Tokyo region faces snow, an unusual cold weather for the season, prompting use of heaters while there was no solar power generation. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Tokyo (AP) -- Japanese were urged Tuesday to conserve energy as the government warned of potential blackouts in the Tokyo region due to a shortfall in power generation after several coal-fired plants temporarily stopped generating electricity following an earthquake last week.

The rare alert Tuesday came as people were using more heat than usual due to snow and unusually cold weather for the early spring.