Powerful earthquake hits Japan near Fukushima
According to the United States Psychological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake, which was 11:07 am local time (9.09 am local time), is 45.9 miles (73.9 kilometers) 60 miles from Nami’s coastal town of Fukushima.
On March 11, 2011, there was a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan. More than 20,000 people died or went missing in the earthquake and tsunami, while hundreds of thousands lost their homes.
The earthquake also caused the country’s worst nuclear disaster – three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant melted, releasing radioactive materials into the air and more than 100,000 people were evacuated from the area.
Kato said some 830,000 homes in the Kanto region also include Tokyo, and about 90,000 homes in the Tohoku area are without Saturday night electricity.
Kato also said that Prime Minister Yoshihida Suga has instructed the government to survey the damage caused by the earthquake, make rescue efforts, where necessary, and make information available to the public on time.
An earlier version of this story misunderstood the time of the earthquake. It happened at 11:07 pm local time.