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7.1- magnitude earthquake strikes Japan.

Image Credit: Japan Meteorological Agency

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Japan 89 kilometres off the coast of Fukushima prefecture on Saturday night, 23:13 JMT (14:13 GMT). Back in 2011, Fukushima was the location of a huge earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and caused a nuclear meltdown at the nuclear power plant. It is believed to be a late aftershock of the 2011 9.0-magnitude earthquake.

According to United States Tsunami Warning System, there is no risk of a tsunami. Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), also confirmed that there is no risk for a tsunami, but people in coastal area were urged to go for higher ground as a safety precaution. Japanese public broadcaster NHK TV reported that Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is being assessed for any damages.

A task force has been setup to examine the earthquake.

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