7.1 magnitude quake hits off Japan’s eastern coast, no tsunami warning issued

at 9:43 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): A strong 7.1-magnitude earthquake has taken place off the eastern coast of Japan, but no tsunami warning has been issued.

The quake produced powerful shaking along parts of Japan’s eastern coast, and was felt strongly in Tokyo, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The epicentre of the earthquake was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 60 km (36 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

It hit at 11:08 p.m. local time (1408 GMT), shook buildings and triggered widespread blackouts.

According to media reports, power outages affecting hundreds of thousands of homes across the Tohoku region of eastern Japan.

Furthermore, the earthquake was followed by aftershocks, including a 4.7-magnitude jolt.

Japan sits on the Pacific “ring of fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through south-east Asia and across the Pacific basin.