Japan earthquake: Magnitude of 7.3 hits north-eastern coast

A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of north-eastern Japan, shaking Fukushima, Miyagi and nearby areas.

Powerful earthquake hits north-east coast of Japan picture: Google Images
Powerful earthquake hits north-east coast of Japan picture: Google Images

Tokyo Electric Power Company said there were no irregularities at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which experienced meltdowns following a massive quake and tsunami 10 years ago.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake had a magnitude of 7.3, raising it from a preliminary magnitude of 7.1.

Tokyo Electric Power said that some 860,000 homes were without power as a result of the quake but electricity was gradually being restored.

Government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said there was no danger of a tsunami from the quake. He said that some trains in north-eastern Japan had stopped running and that other damage was still being checked.

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Video from public broadcaster NHK TV showed some pieces of a building wall had broken off and fallen to the ground, and pieces of glass were scattered at a store.

Items fell off shelves because of the shaking, NHK said. NHK aerial footage showed a portion of a highway blocked by a landslide in Soma, a city in Fukushima prefecture.

Mr Kato said there were several reports of minor injuries from the quake, such as a man getting hit by a falling object.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake was centred about 37 miles beneath the ocean.

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga headed into his office immediately after reports of the quake, and a crisis centre was set up there.

The same north-eastern area was hit by a quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in March 2011. Experts warned of aftershocks over the next several days, including possibly larger quakes.

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