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Strong Earthquake Hits Off Fukushima In Japan, Triggers Blackouts

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Fukushima: A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings and triggering widespread blackouts, but there appeared to be no major damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The epicentre was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 60 kilometres (36 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It hit at 11:08 p.m. local time (7.38 p.m. IST) and shook buildings in the capital Tokyo and elsewhere.

No tsunami warning had been issued, the meteorological agency said.

A Reuters cameraman on location in Fukushima said his tenth floor hotel room shook heavily for some time. One man at the hotel was taken to hospital after falling and hitting his head on a door, the Reuters cameraman said.

Although injured, the man was still able to walk, the cameraman said.

Footage from television also showed broken glass from shop fronts, while Kyodo news reported about a dozen injuries, although none immediately appeared to be grave.

Some 950,000 households were initially without power, government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told a briefing carried on public broadcaster NHK. The blackouts appeared to be concentrated in northeast Japan, including Fukushima and neighbouring prefectures.

There were no irregularities at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants, or at the Kahiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, owner Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings said.

The utility also said there was no change in the radiation levels around its plants.

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