A powerful earthquake struck Saturday off northern Japan, shaking buildings even in Tokyo and triggering a tsunami advisory for part of the northern coast. No main injury was reported, however a minimum of three folks had minor accidents.
The U.S. Geological Survey put the energy at magnitude 7.0 and depth at 54 kilometers (33.5 miles). The shaking began simply earlier than 6:10 p.m.
The quake was centered off the coast of Miyagi prefecture, within the nation’s rugged northeast, which was closely broken throughout the enormous earthquake and tsunami of 2011 that left greater than 18,000 folks useless.
Japan’s Meteorological Company issued an advisory for a tsunami as much as 1 meter (yard) in top for Miyagi prefecture instantly after the quake, however lifted it about 90 minutes later.
Officers there mentioned there have been no fast reviews of harm.
The Fireplace and Catastrophe Administration Company mentioned two aged girls in Miyagi prefecture had been barely injured, one who was banged within the head by a door and the opposite hit the shoulder by furnishings. In neighboring Iwate prefecture, a lady in her 50s fell and lower her mouth.
The robust temblor precipitated a brief blackout in some areas and suspended bullet practice companies within the space, based on the East Japan Railway Co.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority mentioned no abnormalities have been detected at nuclear energy crops within the area, together with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which suffered meltdowns within the 2011 quake and tsunami.
Akira Wakimoto, a disaster administration official in Tome city in Miyagi prefecture, mentioned he was in his house when the quake struck, and felt his room shake for a very long time.
In a coastal metropolis of Ofunato, Shotaro Suzuki, a resort worker, mentioned there was a brief blackout and elevators stopped briefly, however energy has been restored and there have been no different issues.
“Our visitors appeared anxious at first, however they’ve all returned to their rooms, and our facility appears high quality,(asterisk) Suzuki informed NHK.
In mid-February, one other highly effective quake within the area killed one particular person and left greater than 180 injured, although most accidents had been minor. The quake broken roads, practice traces and hundreds of homes. It additionally precipitated minor injury to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
A Japan Meteorological Company spokesperson, Noriko Kamaya, mentioned in a information convention that Saturday’s quake is taken into account an aftershock of the 9.0 magnitude quake in 2011. Kamaya urged folks to make use of warning and keep away from the shoreline as a result of potential excessive waves.