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Strong quake hits off Japan coast, injuring dozens and triggering blackouts

By Issei Kato and Chris Gallagher

 

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An ambulance is seen in front of a hotel following a strong earthquake in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, Japan February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato

 

IWAKI, Japan (Reuters) - A strong earthquake hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday, injuring dozens of people and triggering widespread power outages, but there appeared to be no major damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

 

The earthquake had a 7.3 magnitude and its epicentre was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 60 km (36 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It shook buildings for some time after it hit, shortly after 11:00 p.m. (1400 GMT).

 

Houses and offices in the capital Tokyo, hundreds of kilometres away, also swayed and shook. No tsunami warning had been issued, the meteorological agency said.

 

At least two dozen people were injured, according to reports from the Kyodo news agency.

 

A Reuters cameraman on location in Fukushima said his 10th floor hotel room shook for some time. One man at the hotel was taken to hospital after falling and hitting his head on a door, the cameraman said.

 

Although injured, the man was still able to walk, the cameraman said.

 

Television footage also showed broken glass from shop fronts.

 

Some 950,000 households were initially without power, government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told a briefing carried on public broadcaster NHK. The blackouts appeared to be concentrated in northeast Japan, including Fukushima and neighbouring prefectures.

 

There were no irregularities at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants, or at the Kahiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, owner Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings said.

 

The utility also said there was no change in the radiation levels around its plants.

 

Kato said there were no irregularities at the Onagawa nuclear facility.

 

The quake hit off of Fukushima just weeks before the 10th anniversary of a quake on March 11, 2011 that devastated northeast Japan and triggered a massive tsunami leading to the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter of a century - one centred at the Daiichi facility.

 

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. Japan accounts for about 20% of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

 

(Reporting by Issei Kato, Chris Gallagher, Elaine Lies and Yuka Obayashi; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Angus MacSwan, Mark Potter and Frances Kerry)

 

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seismic events are increasing all over the world along the shift zones, the world is speeding up and the geo magnetics of the planet show an altering of the poles (shifting). There are some (who are not avid grant hunters) scientists who believe we are actually going to go towards a mini ice age rather than what Greta and her sheep bleat all the time,  I guess we'll see who is really correct within this decade. Problem presently is that retractions on papers published how much CO2 effects the climate don't make the news, the money (and publicity) is given for research only if you say we're being cooked alive whether the science (over reliance of co2 in modelling) is nefarious or not. Our issues are over population, not co2..

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Well, one can only hope that the spent fuel pool in reactor 4 is still intact! 
 

I’ll never understand why the American architect of that nuclear power plant placed the emergency generators in the basement, in a country that lies right on the fault between two tectonic plates and therefore has a rich history of massive earthquakes and tsunamis! 
 

If the generators had been on the second or third floor Fukushima would’ve never happened! 

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6 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

seismic events are increasing all over the world along the shift zones, the world is speeding up and the geo magnetics of the planet show an altering of the poles (shifting). There are some (who are not avid grant hunters) scientists who believe we are actually going to go towards a mini ice age rather than what Greta and her sheep bleat all the time,  I guess we'll see who is really correct within this decade. Problem presently is that retractions on papers published how much CO2 effects the climate don't make the news, the money (and publicity) is given for research only if you say we're being cooked alive whether the science (over reliance of co2 in modelling) is nefarious or not. Our issues are over population, not co2..

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