6.1 Earthquake Shakes Tokyo, No Tsunami Hazard

A powerful earthquake with an initial recorded strength of 6.1 rocked Tokyo late Thursday (7/10), but officials said there was no danger of a tsunami.

The Meteorological Affairs Agency said the quake’s epicenter was in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, at a depth of 80 kilometers.

The earthquake shook a number of buildings, but there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said authorities were investigating the possible damage. He added that no abnormal conditions were found at the nuclear facilities there.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings said it was investigating the cause of the blackouts and other public facilities at about 250 homes in downtown Tokyo.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida posted a message on Twitter calling on citizens “to view the latest information and take action to protect their lives.” Kishida returned to his office Thursday night to move the government task force. [em/lt]

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