Powerful earthquake hit Japan, leaves landslide on highways


A strong earthquake had hit some cities in Japan in the late nights of Saturday February 13, setting off a landslide on a highway, caused damages on buildings and parts of rail lines. It also resulted in power blackouts for thousands of people.

A damaged structure at Fukushima. Photo Credit: Associated Press
The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on Sunday. Photo Credit: Reuters
Boulders dislodged by the quake blocked a road in Soma, a city in the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima, on Sunday morning. Photo Credit: Associated Press

The quake is estimated to be about 7.3 magnitude that shook the quake-prone areas of Fukushima and Miyagi.

Noriko Kamaya, a Japan Meteorological Agency spokesperson, said in a news conference that the quake is considered to be an aftershock of the 9.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred in 2011.

However, according to reports, more than 140 people suffered mostly minor injures, many of them by falling objects and cuts while stepping on broken glasses. Three people were confirmed with serious injures but there were no reports of deaths, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said.

The quake however, did not cause a tsunami because the epicenter was deep at 55 kilometers (34 miles) beneath the ocean.

Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of economic and fiscal policy, expressed sympathy for those who had suffered damage and injuries.

“The government will continue to do our utmost to respond,” he said.

Experts warned of more aftershocks.


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