A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the coast of Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, disrupting the transport and supply of electricity and water. Dozens of people were injured. The casualties have not yet been reported by the authorities.
“12 people have been seriously injured, 141 people have suffered minor injuries. This is news from Monday morning. As for the buildings, the roofs and windows were most often damaged,” said Japanese government spokesman Katsunobu Katō.
The tremors were felt in the capital Tokyo and other parts of Japan. They hit an area damaged by a 2011 tsunami after an extraordinary earthquake. The epicenter was off the coast of Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of 60 kilometers.
Earthquakes in Japan are frequent, it is one of the most seismically active areas in the world.
“I’ve lived in Japan for almost 10 years and I’ve had a lot of earthquakes. But none have been as strong as this. I think it was the strongest earthquake in a decade,” said Deng Yanyang, a resident of the rising sun.
According to experts from the University of Tokyo, Saturday’s shocks may be related to the 2011 earthquake. The tsunami then damaged, among other things, the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant, where radiation leaked. It was the second most serious nuclear disaster after Chernobyl in history.
So far, there are no reports of any serious damage to nuclear facilities, but extensive safety inspections are still under way. The Japanese authorities have not yet warned of a tsunami.