Japan Earthquake: No Deaths Reported, Prime Minister Says

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Japan Earthquake: No Deaths Reported, Prime Minister Says

The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, the site of a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that killed thousands and caused …

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The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, the site of a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that killed thousands and caused meltdowns at a nuclear plant.

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No deaths have been reported from the quake, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.

ImageBoulders dislodged by the quake blocked a road in Soma, a city in the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima, on Sunday morning.Credit…Hironori Asakawa/Kyodo News, via Associated Press

TOKYO — A large earthquake shook a broad area across eastern Japan late Saturday night, with its epicenter off the coast of Fukushima, near where three nuclear reactors melted down after a quake and tsunami nearly 10 years ago.

As of Sunday morning, no deaths had been reported from the quake, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said. But more than 100 people were injured, according to the state broadcaster, NHK.

The quake left nearly a million households without power across the Fukushima region and forced the closure of roads and suspension of train services. While rattled residents braced for aftershocks, a landslide cut off a chunk of a main artery through Fukushima Prefecture.

had splashed onto the pool decks inside the reactors at both the Dai-ichi and Dai-ni plants. But Tepco said no water had leaked outside the reactors.

stored on the Dai-ichi site but that the leak had been contained within a small area.

The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant on the west coast had suffered no damage, NHK reported.

According to Katsunobu Kato, chief cabinet secretary to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, about 950,000 households were left without power across the affected areas. He said that two thermal power plants in Fukushima Prefecture had been taken offline. Several bullet train lines were suspended. People in dozens of households were evacuated to shelters in several cities in Fukushima.

, the author of “Tokyo Ueno Station,” winner of the for translated literature, showing bookshelves in her nearby home downed and the floors strewn with books.

Kyodo News reported that 50 people had been injured in the Fukushima and Miyagi regions, both on Japan’s east coast.

Leaks at the Fukushima site were small ones, the power company says. after two earthquakes rocked the southern island of Kyushu. The largest of the two registered a magnitude of 7.0, close to the intensity of the quake felt on Saturday, and several died in fires and landslides in the mountainous region.

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