Without having caused a tsunami but having been followed by several aftershocks during the night, the earthquake left 74 people injured, according to the national agency for disaster and disaster management, while several media counted a hundred.
While nearly a million homes had been without electricity after the first shock, which occurred on Saturday shortly after 11:00 p.m. local time (3:00 p.m. HB), power was almost 100% restored on Sunday morning.
No anomalies were detected on the nuclear power plants in the affected areas, the same ones that were struck on March 11, 2011 by a magnitude 9 earthquake accompanied by a gigantic tidal wave, which had left 18,000 dead and missing and severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The main material damage visible at the moment was a landslide that damaged a highway in the department of Fukushima.
High-speed train connections (Shinkansen) in northern Japan were suspended on Sunday, time to examine the condition of their infrastructure.
The Japanese authorities urged the population to “be extremely careful”, warning that further major aftershocks could occur in the coming days, and that the risk of landslides would increase with the rain expected Monday in the region.
The government continued to assess the damage toll on Sunday. Members of the Japanese Self-Defense Force were dispatched to the affected areas to distribute water, among other things, as some 4,800 households no longer had access to running water, government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said.
More than 250 people fled to evacuation centers overnight, but most have now returned home, Kato added.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located at a depth of 60 kilometers in the Pacific Ocean and about 60 kilometers from the coast of Fukushima, according to the JMA.
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