Strong Earthquake Hits Off Japan Coast, Triggers Mass Blackouts
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Strong Earthquake Hits Off Japan Coast, Triggers Mass Blackouts

TOKYO, February 13 (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake with a magnitude 7.1 hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday shook buildings and triggered widespread blackouts, but no major damage nor tsunami warnings. Has gone.

The Meteorological Agency of Japan stated that the epicenter of the earthquake was off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of 60 km (36 mi).

The earthquake, which occurred at 11:08 am local time (1408 GMT), and rocked buildings in the capital Tokyo and elsewhere. The weather agency said that no tsunami warning had been issued.

Screenshot of an interactive map from the United States Geological Survey showing the location of the earthquake.


US Geological Survey

Screenshot of an interactive map from the United States Geological Survey showing the location of the earthquake.

About 950,000 homes were without electricity, government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said in a briefing on public broadcaster NHK. He said that there were no irregularities in the two nuclear facilities, Fukushima Dai-Ni and Onagawa. Authorities were still investigating on Fukushima Dai-ichi, he said.

NHK said there were no reports of irregularities at another nuclear facility in Tokemura in Ibaraki Prefecture.

A few weeks before the 10-year anniversary of March 11, 2011, there was an earthquake in Fukushima that devastated north-east Japan and triggered a major tsunami that caused the world’s worst in a quarter of a century The nuclear crisis had to be faced. Dai-ichi facility.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the most active regions of the world. Japan accounts for about 20 percent of the world’s 6 or more earthquakes of magnitude.

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