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Thursday, May 6, 2021

6.8 earthquake hits Japan, 3 injured

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Tokyo: A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the northeastern coast of Japan on Saturday. However, no tsunami warning was issued. At least three people were injured by Saturday’s earthquake, which went on to witness strong tremors in parts of the east coast and was also felt in Tokyo.

Local media said there were no immediate reports of major damage. But an agency official warned that strong aftershocks could hit the region for about a week. Bad weather can lead to landslides following the latest ground tremors.

Public broadcaster NHK said two people were slightly injured after breaking windows at a station in Onagawa, Miyagi. “We are aware of the news, but are still gathering information,” said Kazuto Takeda, an official in the prefecture’s disaster management office.

After falling into a supermarket in Fukushima, NHK said that an 80-year-old woman was treated at the hospital. Local railway firms suspended services. NHK said, while lifts in some buildings in Miyagi closed.

“Operations are going on as usual,” said Kochiro Shiraki, spokesman for TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant. The country is regularly vulnerable to earthquakes and strict construction rules are intended to withstand strong shocks.

In March, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the northeast coast. This was later revised to 6.9. Japan authorities issued a tsunami advisory, but there was no damage to the beach.

The area was shaken by another strong earthquake in February, injuring dozens. Meteorologists said it was an aftershock of the 2011 earthquake.


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