A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the northern coast of Japan on Saturday. According to the Japanese meteorological service, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 60 kilometers below the seabed. Residents of the Miyagi region have been warned of a tsunami about 1 meter high. After an hour, this warning was withdrawn.
As far as is known, the earthquake caused limited damage. A vendor in the town of Ishinomaki told the public broadcaster that many bottles broke on the ground. Elsewhere, around 200 households suffered power cuts. There are no reports of injuries or collapses.
The earthquake was felt hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter. As a precaution, rail traffic was stopped and several nuclear power plants in the region were inspected. So far no damage report has come from there either.
On February 13, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 also occurred in Japan. Then 120 people were injured.
Exactly ten years ago, on March 11, an unusually powerful 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that hit the east coast of Japan. The Fukushima nuclear power plant collapsed due to natural disasters.