7.1-magnitude quake off east Japan, no tsunami alert

A worker cleans up broken bottles at a liquor shop after a strong quake in Fukushima on Saturday

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.

Barrett is now on a New Zealand Rugby sabbatical with Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath, based in Fuchū, Tokyo.

Barrett flew to Japan following the All Blacks' final test of 2020 against Argentina in November and was later reunited with his wife Hannah and baby daughter Billie.

The start of the Top League season has been postponed due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in Japan. Barrett is set to make his debut later this month.

In Minami Soma, one of the Fukushima villages evacuated after the nuclear disaster in 2011, NHK, the public broadcaster, reported that severe horizontal shaking lasted for about 30 seconds.

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Aerial footage broadcast by NHK showed a hillside that collapsed onto a highway in Fukushima region, severing the road. He said that some trains in northeastern Japan had stopped running, and that other damage was still being checked.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato addressed reporters after midnight and said evaluations were under way.

Japan's meteorological agency said the quake hit at 11:08 pm (1408 GMT) at a depth of 60 kilometres (37 miles) in the Pacific off Fukushima - near the epicentre of the 2011 killer quake which triggered a towering tsunami and killed more than 18,000 people. He said there were no reports of major injuries.

A powerful quake struck off Japan's east coastal province of Fukushima on Saturday (local time), causing buildings to shake violently in Tokyo and causing widespread power outages.

The quake also caused the country's worst nuclear disaster - three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant melted down, releasing radioactive materials into the air and more than 100,000 people were evacuated from the area.

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