Magnitude Quake Off East Japan Coast, No Tsunami Alert

By Canadian Press	
	 		Strong quake hits Japan’s northeast coast no tsunami alert

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that some 860,000 homes were without power as a result of the quake, but electricity was gradually being restored, according to Kato. The quake which struck 70 km east-northeast of Namie, Japan measured magnitude 7.1 on the Richter scale, said the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Items fell off shelves because of the shaking, NHK said.

Aerial footage broadcast by NHK showed a hillside that collapsed onto a highway in Fukushima region, severing the road.

Kato said that some trains in northeastern Japan had stopped running, and that other damage was still being checked.

Kato also said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has instructed the government to survey the damage from the quake, conduct rescue efforts where necessary, and to relay information to the public in a timely manner.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake was centered about 55 kilometers (34 miles) beneath the ocean, changing it from the earlier estimate for 60 kilometers (37 miles).

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There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Coming a little less than a month before the 10th anniversary of what is known as the Great East Japan natural disaster, the quake on Saturday rattled the greater Tokyo area for about 30 seconds and was felt powerfully in Fukushima and Sendai.

Around 950,000 homes lost power throughout the affected region, but no abnormalities were reported at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which melted down in the wake of the 2011 tsunami.

While there was no tsunami warning generated by the quake, those near coastal areas were urged to move to higher ground as a precaution due to the likelihood of aftershocks.

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