(Akt. 13.02.2021 15:44)
A severe earthquake shook northeastern Japan late on Saturday evening (local time). The re is no danger from a tsunami, the weather authority announced.
The shock had a magnitude of 7.1, as reported by the TV channel NHK.
The re was initially no information about damage or injuries.
The earthquake center was off the Fukushima province at a depth of 60 kilometers.
Almost exactly ten years ago, on March 11, 2011, the region was devastated by a major 9.0 earthquake and a massive typhoon. At that time around 18,500 people were killed in the floods. At that time there was a worst-case scenario at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The nuclear operator Tepco is now first checking whether the nuclear ruins were further damaged by the new quake, reported NHK.
The shock on Saturday also caused the buildings in the Tokyo area to sway for a long time.
The re were initially no reports of damage or injuries from there either.
Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. Four tectonic plates meet in its vicinity, the Pacific, North American, Eurasian and Filipino plates. This causes tremors again and again.