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Strong quake hits off Japan coast, injuring dozens and triggering blackouts

Fukushima 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Japan M7.1 earthquake strikes off Fukushima, Japan
Noah Ferguson | 13 February, 2021, 20:15

A powerful magnitude 7.1 natural disaster, which measured a strong 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale - the second-highest level - jolted Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in the Tohoku region late Saturday night.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake had a magnitude of 7.3, raising it from a preliminary magnitude of 7.1.

But residents of Tokyo said this was the strongest quake they had experienced in years, possibly even since the 2011 quake.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga headed into his office immediately after reports of the quake, where a crisis center has been set up.

As a precaution, however, those near coastal areas were advised to move to higher ground as aftershocks could continue. "There were some unconfirmed reports about landslides but we are still checking", Mikihiro Meguro, an official from the Fukushima prefectural government, told AFP.

The quake also caused the country's worst nuclear disaster - three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant melted down, releasing radioactive materials into the air and more than 100,000 people were evacuated from the area.

Local media reported the quake threw dishes from shelves in houses in the region, but there were no immediate reports of damage. He said there were no reports of major injuries. He said that some trains in northeastern Japan had stopped running, and that other damage was still being checked.

Aerial footage broadcast by NHK showed a hillside that collapsed onto a highway in Fukushima region, severing the road.

Japan sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

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