The earthquake struck at 23.07 local time (14.07 GMT). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirmed that the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.1.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stated: “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.”
According to NHK News, the Tohoku Electric Power Company has stated nearly 70,000 households across Fukushima, Miyagi, and Niigata are without power as of 0:30 a.m local time (15.30 GMT).
The Volcano Discovery website outlined that the earthquake occurred near the location the Tohoku earthquake struck in March 2011.
The website stated: “It is interesting to note that today’s quake occurred in almost the same location as the catastrophic Tohoku earthquake from 11 March 2011.
“In fact, it is likely a late aftershock.”
The 2011 earthquake ranks as the most powerful ever recorded in Japan.
It is also the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since 1900.
The 2011 earthquake had a magnitude of 9.0 and triggered a tsunami wave that killed over 15,000 people according to the Japanese National Police Agency.
Japan accounts for 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes with a magnitude of 6 or higher.
The Japan Meteorological Agency stated that today’s earthquake’s epicentre was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture with a depth of 36 miles.
The residents close to the affected area have been moved to higher ground as a precaution.