Strong 7.1 Quake Hits Fukushima coast, Causes Flooding in Train Station

More than 100 people were injured while a train station was flooded after a 7.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima in Japan.

According to the USGS, the quake struck at 14:07:50 (UTC) and was located at 37.745°N 141.749°E with a depth of 49.9 km.

The quake was felt as far as Nagoya and Tokyo to the south and was felt as far as Aomori in the north. 

 A tsunami warning was not issued but several aftershocks were reported. 

Police in Miyagi Prefecture said that the quake lifted up about 10 meters of another section of the expressway after a landslide was triggered by the quake. 

Aside from roadways, the quake also halted the Tohoku Shinkansen Railway Line between the Nasushiobara and Morioka stations. 

Footage showing water leaking through overhead light fixtures and flooding the floor below the Ono Station, Fukushima city’s main train station has circulated on social media.

No damage was reported in the powerplants operating in the area but the quake caused a power outage in  850,000 households in the Tohoku and Kanto regions.

Japan Meteorological Agency official Kamaya Noriko warned of more possible quakes this week.

“There is a growing risk of houses collapsing and landslides in areas that were hit hard by the quake. People are advised to pay close attention to future seismic activity and rainfall. People are further advised to be on the alert for earthquakes with a maximum intensity of 6-plus for the next week or so,” said Kamaya. 


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