Shaking felt as huge 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Japan

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An earthquake with a massive 7.1 magnitude hit off the coast of Fukushima in eastern Japan on Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The quake initially sparked fears of a tsunami warning but a spokesperson for the agency said a tsunami alert has not been issued for the area.

As a precaution, those living close to coastal areas have been asked to move to higher ground, the Japan Times reported.

Strong shaking has been reported in nearby Namie, Fukushima and Sendai, with several in those areas also reporting power cuts.

Photos of rooms and shops in Fukushima with furniture and shelves in disarray have also surfaced on social media.

One person, who’s geo-location was tagged as Fukushima, said on Twitter: "Did anyone feel that? I was in bed but jumped out."

Another said: "Seeing lots of pictures of shops in Fukushima with furniture and shelves on the floor."

A video shared to Twitter also showed the inside of an airport that had signs moving, glass doors rattling and a loud noise.

The quake hit at 11:08pm on Saturday February 13 local time, with an estimated depth of 60 kilometres.

Japan's Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in a statement: "An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude 7.1 occurred near the coast of Honshu, Japan at 14:07 UTC on Saturday February 13, 2021.

"Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake."

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