BREAKING: Powerful 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan

BREAKING: Powerful 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan

By Ubokobong Uko | Senior News Editor on February 13, 2021
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File Photo: Rescue workers (R) look at the Yun Tsui building in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on Feb. 9, 2018, after the city was hit by a 6.4-magnitude quake late on Feb. 6. The deaths of a Canadian couple, both 49, raises the death toll from earthquake to 12. | Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the epicentre of the earthquake was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 36 miles.

The agency added that a tsunami warning had not been issued.

Initial reports indicate the earthquake hit at 11:08 p.m. local time (1408 GMT) and shook buildings in the capital of Tokyo.

The area was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, which destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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