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M7.3 Fukushima quake likely aftershock of 2011 killer quake

M7.3 Fukushima quake likely aftershock of 2011 killer quake”

The Tokyo Electric Power Company has confirmed that there were no irregularities at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants, or at the Kahiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear, nor have there been any changes to the radiation levels around the plants.

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.

Despite the relatively large size of the latest quake with the focus off Fukushima Prefecture, it was unlikely to cause tsunami because it had a deep epicenter of about 55 kilometers below the sea surface, Satake said.

The Japan Times is reporting that several residents of Fukushima and Miyagi were taken to hospitals, but there have yet been no reports of any serious injuries or deaths.

The area in northeastern Japan suffered a devastating Tohoku quake in 2011 that severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It might have caused light to moderate damage.

The agency initially reported the strength of the quake as 7.1, but later revised the figure upwards.

M7.1 earthquake strikes off Fukushima, Japan

Some people were taking shelter at evacuation centers, and were being warned to practice social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Images posted online showed broken glass at a shop and items spilled off the shelves at a supermarket.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters that evaluations were under way, including of the region's nuclear plants.

Renowned author Yu Miri, who lives in Fukushima's Minamisoma city, tweeted a photo of her home, showing books, potted plants and other belongings strewn across the floor.

The US Geological Survey registered the quake as magnitude 7.0 at a depth of 54 kilometres.

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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