Japan jolted by M7.1 earthquake, power outages, injuries reported

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Japan jolted by M7.1 earthquake, power outages, injuries reported
Japan jolted by M7.1 earthquake, power outages, injuries reported

A powerful earthquake registering a magnitude of 7.1 rocked Japan Saturday night local time, with reports surfacing of widespread power outages and minor injuries.

The tremor struck 70 km east-northeast of Namie, Japan, registering at a fairly deep depth of 50.6 km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

While there was no tsunami warning generated by the quake, those near coastal areas were urged to move to higher ground as a precaution due to the likelihood of aftershocks.

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The M7.0 earthquake, which was reportedly felt in Tokyo, also knocked out power in parts of Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, and Tochigi prefectures, according to media reports. As many as 950,000 homes are currently without power.

While there hasn't been any accounts of serious injuries, several residents in Fukushima and Miyagi were taken to hospitals.

Although the epicentre of the tremor was off the coast of Fukushima, there were no reports of any damage at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The Japan Atomic Power Co.'s inactive Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant also remain unscathed.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest updates.

Source: The Japan Times