With files from the Associated Press
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan’s Fukushima prefecture on Saturday, violently shaking the cities on the eastern seaboard and prompting fears of a tsunami.
Several seismological agencies have put the magnitude of the quake, which hit east of Japan’s largest island of Honshu, at 7.0 or higher.
— EMSC (@LastQuake) February 13, 2021
It was also registered as the highest possible on the local Japan Meteorological Agency Seismic Intensity Scale. A 7 quake in Japan indicates a violent, heavy earthquake which can shake people and objects around, destroy buildings, and crack the ground.
#BREAKING: A large earthquake has occurred off the coast of Fukushima, Japan. Early indications are that this was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. More information coming in from the Japan Meteorological Agency show that this was an intense quake… Shake map below.. #Earthquake pic.twitter.com/8qxIkdGUnH
— Bryan Schuerman, M.Ed. (@BSchuermanWX) February 13, 2021
Powerful quake at 2308 Saturday evening in Japan. Intensity of 6+ (on scale to 7) in Fukushima and Miyagi. M7.1 in same area as major quake 10 years ago, but while powerful was smaller this time. No tsunami risk this time. pic.twitter.com/IYMDGTrF3P
— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) February 13, 2021
The earthquake prompted fears of potential tsunami, however, the threat was soon called off.
THERE MAY BE SOME CHANGES IN THE TIDE LEVEL DUE TO THE PREVIOUS EARTHQUAKE, BUT THERE IS NO CONCERN ABOUT TSUNAMI DAMAGE
— EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI (@EQTW) February 13, 2021
English speakers in Japan took to social media to express their shock over the earthquake, which some described as far more violent than any they have previously experienced.
— Nirmal Ghosh (@karmanomad) February 13, 2021
Heck of a strong quake off the coast of Fukushima; magnitude 7.1 , no tsunami threat pic.twitter.com/90cqYo54Ua
— Gearoid Reidy (@GearoidReidy) February 13, 2021
— ひめい (@himei42) February 13, 2021
— ダリル・ワートン-リグビー Darryl Wharton-Rigby (@whartonrigby) February 13, 2021
I was so scared earlier bec of the quake Mag7 in Fukushima!
No, not 3/11 again Lord please. please protect us!
I am still trembling, ???
— ?ginger • SB19 • 21/03/09 • IKALAWANG YUGTO? (@gingerale_22) February 13, 2021
Haven’t felt this big of a quake in a while, even though the strongest quake was felt in Fukushima and not here in Tokyo. It’s almost the 10yr anniversary of 3.11 quake. https://t.co/0YzvoLuXyT
— Shoko Oda (@shoko_oda) February 13, 2021