TOKYO — A robust earthquake hit off the coast of northeastern Japan late Saturday, shaking Fukushima, Miyagi and different areas, however there was no risk of a tsunami, officers mentioned.
Tokyo Electrical Energy Co. mentioned there have been no irregularities on the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which skilled meltdowns following an enormous quake and tsunami 10 years in the past.
There have been no instant experiences of irregularities from different nuclear vegetation within the space, equivalent to Onagawa or Fukushima Dai-ni, authorities spokesperson Katsunobu Kato advised reporters.
The Japan Meteorological Company mentioned the quake had a magnitude of seven.3, elevating it from a preliminary magnitude of seven.1.
Tokyo Electrical Energy Co. mentioned that some 860,000 properties have been with out energy because of the quake, however electrical energy was step by step being restored, in accordance with Kato.
Kato mentioned there was no hazard of a tsunami from the quake. He mentioned that some trains in northeastern Japan had stopped operating, and that different harm was nonetheless being checked.
Video from public broadcaster NHK TV confirmed some items of a constructing wall had damaged off and fallen to the bottom, and items of glass have been scattered at a retailer. Objects fell off cabinets due to the shaking, NHK mentioned. NHK aerial footage confirmed a portion of a freeway blocked by a landslide in Soma, a metropolis in Fukushima prefecture.
The extent of harm from the landslide was not instantly clear, Kato mentioned.
He mentioned there have been a number of experiences of minor accidents from the quake, equivalent to a person getting hit by a falling object.
The Japan Meteorological Company mentioned the quake was centered about 34 miles beneath the ocean, altering it from the sooner estimate for 37 miles.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga headed into his workplace instantly after experiences of the quake, and a disaster heart was arrange there. He mentioned there have been no experiences of main accidents.
“We are going to proceed to reply, placing human lives first,” Suga advised reporters early Sunday.
The shaking was felt in Tokyo, to the southwest.
The identical northeastern space was slammed by a quake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe in March 2011. Consultants warned of aftershocks over the subsequent a number of days, together with probably bigger quakes.
Some folks have been taking shelter at evacuation facilities, and have been being warned to apply social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.