Japan No deaths so far, nor tsunami alert
Japan remains in a state of alert and shock after an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale shook the country at 23:23 local time (15:23 CET).
The epicentre was 73.8km northeast of Namie, Fukushima, and 60km from the coast but the impact could be felt as far away as Tokyo.
Fortunately, the quake has not caused any deaths or serious material damage thus far.
The Tokyo electric company is checking for any irregularities at Fukushima’s nuclear plants, according to NHK, the public radio service in Japan.
The affected area was the scene of the largest natural disaster in Japan’s recent history back in 2011.
For now, however, there is no tsunami alert following this earthquake.