Japan hit by 7.1 magnitude earthquake
An earthquake of magnitude 7.0 was reported near Tokyo, Japan on Saturday evening. The epicentre of the earthquake was 306 km northeast (NE) of Tokyo, Japan, the agency said. The earthquake struck at a depth of 60 km from the surface.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters that evaluations were under way, including of the region’s nuclear plants. “Casualties and structural damage are being assessed,” he told a press conference, but added that parts of the high-speed bullet train network had been suspended because of power outages.
There was no threat of a tsunami from the quake. About 830,000 households were hit by blackouts, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co. The earthquake occurred less than a month before the 10-year anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that left about 19,000 people dead or missing. The tsunami hit the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, leading to a meltdown at three nuclear units.
Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas. Japan accounts for about 20% of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.