Tokyo: An earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Saturday (March 20), hitting areas devastated by the 2011 catastrophe, producing a tsunami of 1 metre and shaking buildings.
The quake, with a magnitude of 7.2, hit the coast of Miyagi Prefecture at 6:26 pm. (0926 GMT) at a depth of 60 km (40 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency stated.
All tsunami alerts had been lifted about an hour later, broadcaster NHK stated after warning the general public to not go close to the shore. There had been no rapid stories of deaths or accidents.
Tokyo Electric Power stated it had discovered no irregularities at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant – wrecked by the large March 2011 quake that triggered nuclear meltdowns and mass evacuations. A spokesman stated there have been additionally no irregularities at its close by Daini facility.
There had been no irregularities at Tohoku Electric Power Co`s Onagawa nuclear plant, the nuclear regulator stated in an e-mail. Service on the Tohoku shinkansen bullet prepare was halted, NHK stated.
About 200 households in Kurihara metropolis, Miyagi Prefecture, misplaced energy as a result of of the quake, the commerce and trade ministry stated.
“It was a extremely dangerous, lengthy shaking from side-to-side. It was even longer than the quake final month, however not less than the constructing right here is all proper,” Shizue Onodera advised NHK from the store the place she works within the metropolis of Ishinomaki.
“Lots of bottles smashed on the ground,” she stated. “The electrical energy is on.” NHK footage from inside its Sendai bureau displaying a plaque suspended from the ceiling shaking for about 30 seconds following the tremor. It didn’t report any objects falling from cabinets or any rapid injury.
The quake may very well be felt in Tokyo, about 400 km (250 miles) south of the epicentre.