Fukushima earthquake: Over 100 injured in 7.1 magnitude tremor; no casualties, says Japan’s Yoshihide Suga

Fukushima earthquake: Over 100 injured in 7.1 magnitude tremor; no casualties, says Japan’s Yoshihide Suga

No abnormalities have been reported on the Fukushima nuclear plant, which melted down within the wake of the March 2011 quake that triggered a towering tsunami and killed greater than 18,000

Fukushima earthquake: Over 100 injured in 7.1 magnitude tremor; no casualties, says Japan's Yoshihide Suga

A liquor store’s supervisor clears the broken bottles following an earthquake in Fukushima, northeastern Japan on Saturday (13 Feb, 2021). AP

Tokyo: A 7.1-magnitude earthquake off Japan’s Fukushima injured dozens of individuals, authorities stated Sunday, almost 10 years after the japanese area was hit by an enormous quake that sparked a tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated no casualties had to this point been reported after the late-night quake, which didn’t set off a tsunami warning.

“We’ve got acquired stories of many accidents within the Fukushima and Miyagi areas. However to this point now we have not acquired any stories of deaths,” he advised an emergency cupboard assembly on Sunday morning.

The catastrophe company stated 74 accidents had been reported within the area and in addition round Tokyo, the place the quake was felt strongly simply after 11 pm on Saturday.

However native media counted at the least 104 reported accidents, from damaged bones to cuts from shattered glass.

No abnormalities have been reported on the Fukushima nuclear plant, which melted down within the wake of the March 2011 quake that triggered a towering tsunami and killed greater than 18,000 folks.

Japan’s meteorological company stated Saturday’s quake, which hit at a depth of 60 kilometres within the Pacific off Fukushima, was thought-about an aftershock of the large tremor almost a decade in the past.

“I used to be at dwelling. I can not even keep in mind whether or not it was horizontal or vertical shaking. But it surely felt prefer it lasted for 30 seconds,” Masami Nakai, a municipal official in Soma metropolis in northern Fukushima, advised AFP about Saturday’s quake.

“The shaking was so robust I grew to become really afraid of my bodily security,” he stated.

No vital harm was reported however authorities have been assessing the affect of a landslide on a freeway, authorities spokesman Katsunobu Kato stated, whereas aerial TV footage confirmed one other landslide at a distant race circuit.

Kato warned residents about the potential of robust aftershocks within the subsequent week and additional landslides attributable to heavy rain forecast.

“Notably for the subsequent two to 3 days, there is likely to be very robust earthquakes,” Kato stated.

Emergency shelters

Water outages have been affecting 4,800 households, Kato stated, including that well being ministry employees and self-defense troops have been heading to affected areas to ship water.

Round 950,000 properties misplaced energy all through the area, however electrical energy had been restored in most areas by Sunday morning, in keeping with a regional utility.

Kato stated as of early Sunday greater than 250 folks have been at 173 emergency shelters in Fukushima and surrounding areas, the place social distancing measures have been put in place. Many might have since returned dwelling, he added.

Pfizer, whose coronavirus vaccine is about to turn into the primary to be accepted in Japan later Sunday, has advised the federal government that the quake didn’t have an effect on amenities storing the jabs, Kato stated.

Pictures posted on-line confirmed damaged glass at a store and gadgets spilled off the cabinets at a grocery store.

Tomoko Kobayashi, who works at a conventional inn in Fukushima’s Minamisoma metropolis, advised Kyodo information company that “the preliminary jolt felt extra highly effective than the one I skilled within the Nice East Japan Earthquake” of 2011.

Famend writer Yu Miri, who additionally lives in Minamisoma, tweeted a photograph of her dwelling, exhibiting books, potted vegetation and different belongings strewn throughout the ground.

“My home in Odaka, Minamisoma metropolis is all tousled,” she wrote.

“I hear the bottom rumbling. And one other quake,” she tweeted about an aftershock.

The US Geological Survey registered the quake at a revised magnitude of seven.1 with a depth of 51 kilometres.

Japan sits on the Pacific “Ring of Hearth”, an arc of intense seismic exercise that stretches via Southeast Asia and throughout the Pacific basin.

The nation is usually hit by quakes, and has strict development rules supposed to make sure buildings can stand up to robust tremors.

In September 2018, a robust 6.6-magnitude quake rocked Hokkaido, triggering landslides, collapsing homes and killing greater than 40.

 

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