A 7.1 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale was recorded this Saturday off the coast of Fukushima, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Japan was hit this Saturday by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake will have been felt by 23h07 local (14h07 in mainland Portugal), according to the United States Geological Survey, which monitors seismic activity worldwide.
According to Bloomberg, the epicenter of the earthquake was on the coast of Fukushima, about 220 kilometers north of Tokyo. The strong earthquake was felt widely across Japan, including the quake of 4 on the 7-point scale in the Japanese capital.
The earthquake was felt off Fukushima, where is the nuclear power plant that in 2011 was hit by a tsunami. This time, there was no tsunami threat due to the earthquake and no immediate reports of major damage. However, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Co., more than 800 thousand homes were affected by blackouts.
According to Japan Times, the population closest to the coastal areas was advised to move to higher areas as a precaution.
The Japanese Prime Minister’s office and the Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company), which operates in nuclear power plants, are monitoring them to ensure that there are no radioactive leaks.
Ten years ago, Fukushima suffered a magnitude 9 quake, accompanied by a tsunami, which caused 15 thousand deaths e razed the nuclear power plant close to the city.
Maria Campos, ZAP //