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Powerful Japan quake sets off landslide, minor injuries

Updated: 2021-02-14 01:10

A collapsed wall by a strong earthquake is pictured in Kunimi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on Feb 14, 2021 in this photo taken by Kyodo.[Photo/Agencies]

The quake did not cause a tsunami because the epicenter was deep at 55 kilometers (34 miles) beneath the ocean. Noriko Kamaya, a Japan Meteorological Agency spokesperson, said in a news conference that the quake is considered to be an aftershock of the 9.1 magnitude quake in 2011.

Power had been restored by early Sunday, although some bullet train services were still halted. East Japan Railway Co. said the bullet train on the northern coast will be suspended through Monday due to damage to its facility.

TV footage and video shared on social media showed boxes, books and other items scattered on floors. In the northern Fukushima city of Soma, a roof at a Buddhist temple collapsed.

A staff member of library tries to restore books after they fell from book shelves by a strong earthquake at Iwaki City library in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, Japan Feb 14, 2021.[Photo/Agencies]

Workers were clearing up a major coastal highway connecting Tokyo and northern cities where a major landslide occurred. Several other roads were also blocked by rocks.

Saturday's powerful rattling less than a month before the 10th anniversary of the 2011 triple disaster was a frightening reminder of the earlier tragedy to the residents in the region.

Experts warned of more aftershocks. Many residents spent the night at evacuation centers, where tents were set up as part of coronavirus protection measures.

Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of economic and fiscal policy, expressed sympathy for those who had suffered damage and injuries. "The government will continue to do our utmost to respond," he said.

Defense troops also were mobilized to provide water in some areas.


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