‘I didn’t know if it was safer to run or stay, so I did a weird ...


‘I didn’t know if it was safer to run or stay, so I did a weird dance’

Bar owner describes 7.3 magnitude quake, a possible aftershock from that which devastated Fukushima in 2011

Sakura Murakami and Issei Kato

The stench of alcohol filled the small bar on Sunday as Aoi Hoshino swept up glass from whiskey bottles smashed in a strong earthquake the night before, one appearing to be an aftershock from a devastating quake that hit the Fukushima area in 2011.

The 7.3 magnitude quake struck shortly before midnight on Saturday. It cracked walls, shattered windows and set off a landslide in Fukushima, the area closest to the epicentre. More than 100 people were injured.

Hoshino, 46, swept the glass into a rubbish bag in her bar on a back street in the city of Iwaki, about 200km north of Tokyo and not far from the quake’s epicentre...

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