An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 shook eastern Japan on Saturday (2/13/2021) at midnight. The Japanese earthquake hit earthquake-prone areas of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. In fact, the earthquake in Japan this time was reported also felt in the Tokyo area for about 30 seconds, the shock felt very strongly in Fukushima and Sendai.
The country’s meteorological agency said the quake was a follow-up to the 2011 earthquake that was followed by a tsunami wave. The government announced the Fukushima earthquake did not cause a tsunami, but it has triggered a landslide that cut off the highway. In addition, train operations were forced to stop.
Japan’s National Television, NKH reported, about 100 people suffered injuries. Most were injured by broken glass and sprained glass while falling on stairs. So far there are still no reports of fatalities. The earthquake also caused electricity to be cut off to thousands of residents. However, as of Sunday morning (2/14/2021) according to an Associated Press report the electricity was back on.
Until now there have been no reports of severe damage, but local news outlets have featured photos of landslides on the highway, and some other damage. Tv footage and videos on social media showed bookshelves and other items falling to the floor.
ACCU Weather posted a video on its Twitter account showing a water leak above a train station in Fukushima. Puddles were also seen on the floor of the station.
The Japan Times reported that the epicenter was off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of 60 kilometers, at 11:08 p.m. Japanese time. As the New York Times reported, the epicenter was located near the site of an earthquake and tsunami nearly 10 years ago that toppled three nuclear reactors. The natural disaster that killed 18,000 people was known as the Tohoku Earthquake.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), which operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said fuel cooling water near the reactor spilled due to shocks. But there was no damage or radiation leakage.