A 7.3-magnitude earthquake off Japan’s Fukushima injured dozens of individuals, authorities stated Sunday, nearly 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 thus far been reported after the late-night quake, which didn’t set off a tsunami warning.
“We have received reports of many injuries in the Fukushima and Miyagi regions. But so far we have not received any reports of deaths,” he informed 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 11pm on Saturday.
But 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 individuals.
Japan’s meteorological company stated Saturday’s quake, which hit at a depth of 60 kilometres (37 miles) within the Pacific off Fukushima, was thought-about an aftershock of the large tremor nearly a decade in the past.
“I was at home. I cannot even remember whether it was horizontal or vertical shaking. But it felt like it lasted for 30 seconds,” Masami Nakai, a municipal official in Soma metropolis in northern Fukushima, stated about Saturday’s quake.
“The shaking was so strong I became truly afraid of my physical safety,” he stated.
No important 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.
Mr Kato warned residents about the opportunity of sturdy aftershocks within the subsequent week and additional landslides on account of heavy rain forecast.
“Particularly for the next two to three days, there might be very strong earthquakes,” Kato stated.
Water outages have been affecting 4,800 households, Mr Kato stated, including that well being ministry workers and self-defence troops have been heading to affected areas to ship water.
Around 950,000 houses misplaced energy all through the area, however electrical energy had been restored in most areas by Sunday morning, in response to a regional utility.
Mr Kato stated as of early Sunday greater than 250 individuals have been at 173 emergency shelters in Fukushima and surrounding areas, the place social distancing measures have been put in place. Many could have since returned home, he added.
Pfizer, whose coronavirus vaccine is about to grow to be the primary to be accredited in Japan afterward Sunday, has informed the federal government that the quake didn’t have an effect on amenities storing the jabs, Mr Kato stated.
Images 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 standard inn in Fukushima’s Minamisoma metropolis, informed Kyodo information company that “the initial jolt felt more powerful than the one I experienced in the Great East Japan Earthquake” of 2011.
Renowned writer Yu Miri, who additionally lives in Minamisoma, tweeted a photograph of her home, displaying books, potted vegetation and different belongings strewn throughout the ground.
“My house in Odaka, Minamisoma city is all messed up,” she wrote.
“I hear the ground rumbling. And another 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 Fire”, an arc of intense seismic exercise that stretches by means of Southeast Asia and throughout the Pacific basin.
The nation is commonly hit by quakes, and has strict development laws supposed to make sure buildings can face up to sturdy tremors.
In September 2018, a robust 6.6-magnitude quake rocked Hokkaido, triggering landslides, collapsing homes and killing greater than 40 individuals.