Powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits northern Japan, tsunami warning issued

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The coast of Fukushima in northern Japan was rocked by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday evening.

The earthquake hit the Japanese prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima | Getty Images (representative image)

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Wednesday evening, triggering a tsunami warning. The earthquake is believed to have struck 60 kilometers (36 miles) under the sea.

Japan’s meteorological agency has issued a 1-meter tsunami warning for Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, according to the Japan Times. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, however, said there was no longer a tsunami threat.

Authorities have asked people living in coastal areas to move to higher ground as a precaution.

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Reports suggest tremors were also felt in the capital Tokyo. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said in a statement that the earthquake triggered a power outage that affected more than 2 million homes in the Kanto region.

No casualties have yet been reported.

Amid reports of a Shinkansen bullet train derailing between Fukushima and Shiroishizao stations, the East Japan Railway Co. said it had suspended most train services to carry out checks. of security.

The affected region is a part of northern Japan where a 9.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami led to a nuclear disaster in 2011.

The Japanese government is assessing the extent of the damage, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters, adding that all possible measures were being taken to carry out rescue and relief operations without delay. “Please act first to save your life,” Kishida said in a tweet.

Responding to concerns, the company that operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said in a statement that it found no anomalies at the site. Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, meanwhile told reporters that no anomalies had been reported at the other two nuclear power plants in the region.

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