Japan’s meteorological agency said the quake was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the same area in 2011, killing about 19,000 people and devastating the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.
Tsunamis of up to 40 centimeters (15 inches) were reported Saturday at four areas along the coast, but a tsunami advisory was lifted less than two hours after the quake.
Japanese television images of harbors showed calm waters. The quake hit at 2:10 a.m. Tokyo time (1710 GMT) about 290 kilometers (170 miles) off Fukushima, and it was felt in Tokyo, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) away.
“It was fairly big, and rattled quite a bit, but nothing fell to the floor or broke. We’ve had quakes of this magnitude before,” Satoshi Mizuno, an official with the Fukushima prefectural government’s disaster management department, told The Associated Press by phone. “Luckily, the quake’s center was very far off the coast.”
Mizuno said the operator of the troubled Fukushima plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said no damage or abnormalities have been found.
Japan’s meteorological agency issued a 1-meter (3-foot) tsunami advisory for a long stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast, and put the quake’s magnitude at 7.1. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not post warnings for the rest of the Pacific.
This is the new hotline dedicated to the areas the earthquake strike in 2011.
You can call it from anywhere in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefecture.
Toll Free: 0120-279-226
Wait after the Japanese guidance, then please press 2.
You will be directed to the general counselling service hotline for non-Japanese speakers.
For more information please refer to the link below:
●Helpline for Foreigners in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures
This hotline can be used for various languages such as English, Chinese, Korean and Tagalog.
●Helpline for Foreigners in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures（PDF）