Powerful quake hits Japan near Fukushima

Powerful quake hits Japan near Fukushima

A strong 7.1-magnitude natural disaster struck late Saturday off the eastern coast of Japan but no tsunami warning was issued, Japanese authorities said.

The strong quake was felt widely across Japan, including shaking of four on Japan's seven-point scale in the capital Tokyo.

According to The Associated Press, no injuries were immediately reported and some 860,000 homes were without power as a result of the quake, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

According to the U.S. Tsunami Warning System, there was no tsunami threat from this seismic activity, based on all data available.

Fortunately, the quake has not caused any deaths or serious material damage thus far. Items fell off shelves because of the shaking, NHK said. The Japan Atomic Power Co.'s inactive Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant also remain unscathed.

"We have received reports that Onagawa nuclear plant and Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant are not showing any abnormality", he added.

Television footage also showed broken glass from shop fronts. "And another quake", she tweeted about an aftershock.

Government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said some 950,000 homes were without electricity following the quake.

The Japan Meterological Agency reported it as 7.1-magnitude while the U.S. Geological Survey measured it as a 7.0-magnitude.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas.

In September 2018, a powerful 6.6-magnitude quake rocked Hokkaido, triggering landslides, collapsing houses and killing more than 40.

The employee says strong tremors continued for dozens of seconds.

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