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A man in his 50s has died at his home in the city of Fukushima, becoming the first confirmed fatality due to a strong earthquake that hit the region earlier this month, local authorities said Thursday.

According to the city, the man was found buried under furniture on Tuesday by a family member who visited his home after being unable to reach him.

The city determined that he was killed in the recent earthquake, as he is estimated to have died around 11:07 p.m. on Feb. 13 when the magnitude 7.3 quake occurred.

The earthquake registered lower 6 in the city on Japan’s seven-level seismic intensity scale. It measured upper 6 in other parts of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, which were struck along with Iwate Prefecture by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that killed more than 15,000 people.

The recent earthquake, which is believed to be an aftershock of the 2011 megaquake, injured 185 people in 10 prefectures in northeastern and eastern Japan and damaged 3,112 houses in Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

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