Powerful Earthquake Shakes Orthopedic Clinic in Japan's Sendai City

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northeast coast late on February 13, close to Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, but could be felt as far south as Tokyo, according to Japanese reports.

This footage, taken inside an orthopedic clinic in Sendai city, shows the earthquake shaking the business for at least 30 seconds, knocking a television monitor off a wall. Ryuichiro Onodera, who shot the video, told Storyful he was safe and uninjured.

Japan’s meteorological agency said the quake was considered to be an aftershock from a magnitude-9.0 earthquake – the most powerful ever recorded in Japan – that struck almost 10 years earlier, and killed at least 15,000 people.

NHK reported minor damage and injuries in Fukushima prefecture, but said more than 800,000 people had been left without power.

The earthquake raised fears for the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Ōkuma, where major damage caused during the 2011 quake caused reactor meltdowns. However, the plant’s operator, TEPCO, said “no abnormalities” were found. Credit: Ryuichiro Onodera via Storyful

Video Transcript

[RATTLING]

[BANG]

- [SPEAKING JAPANESE]

[SIGHS]

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