'No dangers of tsunami' as earthquake hits north-eastern Japan

An earthquake struck northeastern Japan, leaving 860,000 homes without electricity.

The quake had a magnitude of 7.3, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The earthquake struck off the coast of northeast Japan and struck Fukushima, Miyagi and the surrounding areas.

And Tokyo Electric Power Company has confirmed that there were no irregularities at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant that collapsed after a massive earthquake and tsunami 10 years ago.

In addition, government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake.

Regarding injuries, Mr. Kato said there were several reports of minor injuries from the quake.

This included a man who was hit by a falling object.

Around 860,000 households were left without electricity, but electricity was restored, Tokyo Electric Power said

The trains in northeast Japan were also out of service, and other damage was still being investigated.

The video from the public broadcaster NHK TV showed that parts of a building wall had broken off and fell to the ground and pieces of glass were scattered in a shop.

Items fell off shelves because of the shaking, NHK said.

NHK aerial photographs showed part of a highway blocked by a landslide in Soma, a city in Fukushima Prefecture.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake was centered about 37 miles under the ocean.

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

The same northeast area was hit by a quake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in March 2011. Experts warned of aftershocks, including potentially larger quakes, over the next few days.


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