TOKYO was rocked by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake, causing buildings to shake.
The earthquake struck at 10.41 pm local time. It also caused trains to be stopped in Japan’s capital. Officials said that there was no threat of a tsunami.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency stated that the earthquake was at 48 miles deep and was located in Chiba prefecture.
NHK public TV showed a sign suspended from the ceiling of its office, swaying violently.
A subway train that was being used to transport passengers was brought to a halt suddenly by a earthquake.
NHK reported that power lines in Tokyo’s Suginami District were shaking and Shinkansen super express trains into and out of Tokyo were temporarily stopped.
TBS, a private broadcaster, reported instances of water pipes burst in Tokyo.
According to reports, several hundred homes in Tokyo were also without power following the earthquake.
Fumio Kishida, the new Prime Minister, posted a tweet urging people to review the most recent information and to take action to save their lives.
Japan is one of the most active seismic areas on Earth.
The country is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of intense seismic activity that runs through Southeast Asia and the Pacific basin.
It is responsible for approximately 20% of all earthquakes of magnitude 6 and greater around the globe.
The northeast coast of Japan was hit by a magnitude-9 earthquake on March 11, 2011. It was the largest ever recorded in Japan and caused a huge tsunami.
These events led to the worst nuclear crisis in history, a quarter-century after Chernobyl.
The backup generators at Fukushima Dai-ichi in northern Japan were damaged by the tsunami.
The three reactors that were operational were shut down successfully, but the power loss caused the cooling systems not to work within the first few days.
Nearly 230,000 people had to flee after the government declared a 20-km evacuation zone.