7.1 Quake of strength off the coast of Eastern Japan, no tsunami alarm


The quake occurred near the epicenter of a 2011 quake that triggered a huge tsunami.


A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan late Saturday, but no tsunami warning was issued, according to Japanese authorities.

The quake caused severe tremors on parts of Japan’s east coast and was strongly felt in Tokyo, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Japan’s meteorological agency said the quake struck at 11:08 p.m. (1408 GMT) at a depth of 60 kilometers in the Pacific off Fukushima – near the epicenter of a 2011 killerquake that triggered a massive tsunami and killed more than 18,000 people.

The quake on Saturday was followed by aftershocks, including a 4.7 magnitude jolt, JMA said.

Local media reported power outages in hundreds of thousands of households in the Tohoku region of eastern Japan.

Fukushima nuclear power plant operator TEPCO said in a tweet it was reviewing the status of the facility, which melted down after the 2011 tsunami.

Local media reported that the quake threw dishes off shelves in homes in the area, but there were no immediate reports of damage.


Some trains in the area were stopped after the quake.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was called into his office and the NHK broadcaster said the government would set up a special liaison office to coordinate with the affected regions.

The US Geological Survey registered the quake with a magnitude of 7.0 at a depth of 54 kilometers.

Japan lies 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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