March 5, 2021

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Tokyo & Fukushima shaken hard as powerful earthquake strikes off Japan’s east coast

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. 

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.

The earthquake prompted fears of potential tsunami, however, the threat was soon called off.

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.

“In more than 7 years in Japan, that was the strongest, longest and scariest quake I’ve ever felt,” one user wrote, while a Japanese Twitch streamer claimed the earthquake made her jump out of bed.