More than 120 people were injured in the earthquake that struck the region of eastern Japan around Fukushima yesterday hit. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake off the east coast left millions of people without electricity, including in the capital Tokyo. Power has been largely restored, but thousands of homes are still without water.
The Japanese Weather Service believes it was a aftershock of the devastating earthquake that hit the same region in March 2011. Then the region was hit by a 9.0 earthquake, which subsequently triggered a tsunami that killed around 18,500 people.
The earthquake and tsunami also sparked a nuclear disaster when the tidal waves damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant, with all disastrous consequences this side.
This time, no problems were reported at the nuclear power plant. Elsewhere in the affected area as well, the damage appears to be limited.
However, train services to much of northern Japan have been closed. Repairs to a rail link in eastern Japan take about ten days, reports the national television channel NHK.
The local population is asked to be attentive to multiple aftershocks in the coming days.
Images of yesterday’s earthquake: