At least 104 injured in 7.1R earthquake in Japan

More than 100 people were injured and trains stopped in much of northeastern Japan after a strong earthquake struck off eastern Japan yesterday.

The quake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale and was centered off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of 60 kilometers, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. It happened yesterday Saturday, shortly after 11:00 local time (16:00 Greek time) and shook buildings for a while.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake was believed to be a aftershock from the March 11, 2011 9 magnitude tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people in the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years.

The agency warned that post-earthquake activity would continue for several days.

Homes and offices in the capital Tokyo, hundreds away, were also shaken.

Although hundreds of thousands of households were left without electricity after the quake, electricity was restored in most of them by Sunday morning. Several thousand households are still without water.

The power outages did not affect Pfizer vaccines against Covid-19, which arrived in the country on Friday for the start of vaccinations next week, government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told a news conference today.

At least 104 people were injured in the quake, NHK reported, with many suffering fractures. No deaths have been reported.

No tsunami alert was issued, and no problems were reported at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants or at the Kahiyazaki-Karuya nuclear power plant, said Tokyo Electric Power Company, owner.

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