Japan: Earthquake of magnitude 7.0 hits Fukushima, activates blackouts

The Japan Meteorological Agency stated on Saturday that an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 on the Richter scale has actually struck off the coast of northeasternJapan It likewise triggeredwidespread blackouts, however there seemed no significant damage.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS stated that the earthquake hit Fukushima, Miyagi and other locations. It struck 90 km east-northeast of Namie.

Tremors were felt in Tokyo, to the southwest.

The earthquake was focused about 60 kilometres (37 miles underneath the ocean bed, Japan Meteorological Agency stated. Media reports have actually mentioned that there is no threat of a tsunami.

Some 950,000 homes were at first without power, federal government representative Katsunobu Kato informed an instruction continued public broadcaster NHK. The blackouts seemed focused in northeast Japan, consisting of Fukushima and neighbouring prefectures.

There were no abnormalities at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear reactor, or at the Kahiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, owner Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings stated.

The energy likewise stated there was no modification in the radiation levels around its plants.

The quake struck off of Fukushima simply weeks prior to the 10-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011, quake that ravaged northeast Japan and activated an enormous tsunami that caused the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter of a century – one centred at the Daiichi center.

Earthquakes prevail in Japan, among the world’s most seismically active locations. Japan represent about 20% of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or higher.

(With inputs from Reuters

Japan: Earthquake of magnitude 7.0 hits Fukushima, activates blackouts.

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