Powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake jolts Fukushima area

TOKYO – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 rocked northeastern Japan late Saturday, the weather agency said, adding there is no tsunami threat.

The powerful quake, which occurred at 11:08 p.m., was also felt in Tokyo. It registered upper 6 on Japan’s seismic intensity scale of 7, with the focus about 60 kilometers below the surface off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Following the powerful quake, the Japanese government set up a task force at the prime minister’s office.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga entered the office around 11:28 p.m.

No abnormality has been found at Japan Atomic Power Co.’s inactive Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in the village of Tokai in Ibaraki Prefecture, according to the operator.

The quake registered a strong 6 in the southern part of Miyagi, and the Nakadori central and Hamadori coastal regions of Fukushima, the agency said.

The Hamadori region is home to the quake- and tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. There were no reports of abnormalities at the facility, public broadcaster NHK said.

The government was setting up a task force to examine the quake.




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