İrem UZUN -TDO- An earthquake struck Japan’s east coast at 11:07 p.m. Saturday. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on Saturday was an aftershock of the devastating 9.0 magnitude quake that struck the same area almost 10 years ago, according to the national Meteorological Agency. At least 48 injuries were reported in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, according to state broadcaster NHK, but there were no major casualties.
The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 60 kilometers, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Authorities said that there was no danger of a tsunami. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that some 860,000 homes were without power as a result of the quake. Journalist Kurmui Mori said on Twitter that the earthquake felt longer than 30 seconds. "It started with sideways shaking, then turned into up and down shaking. I’ve never felt that before," she said.
The shaking was felt in Tokyo, to the southwest. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga headed into his office immediately after reports of the quake, where a crisis center has been set up. Government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said there were no irregularities at two nuclear facilities, Fukushima Dai-ichi and Onagawa. NHK said there were no reports of irregularities at another nuclear facility at Tokaimura, in Ibaraki prefecture.