A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the east coast of Japan late Saturday, hit a region hit by a devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown just weeks before the 10th anniversary of the disaster.
The quake affected powerful parts of the east coast of Japan, and a strong earthquake shook Tokyo, but no tsunami alert was given.
Kyodo media reported at least 30 people injured, but did not provide further details.
There were no immediate reports of severe damage, though local news outlets spread images of land devastation on the highway.
Meteorologists in Japan say the quake struck at 11:08 pm (1408 GMT) 60 miles [60 km] deep in the Fukushima Pacific – near the site of the 2011 earthquake that caused the tsunami and killed more than 18,000 people.
The agency initially reported an earthquake power of 7.1, but later revised the figure upwards. It said the quake was considered a 2011 earthquake.
The quake continued in the region for hours after that and officials warned residents to be careful. Several people have reportedly sought refuge at exit centers.
Mikihiro Meguro who is a Fukushima regional government said that they are working quickly to collect data but we do not yet have the details to announce. He also said that there have been unconfirmed reports of landslides but they are still investigating. AFP.
About 950,000 homes lost power in the entire affected region, but no unusual reports were reported at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which melted after the 2011 tsunami.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has been summoned to his office, and broadcaster NHK said the government would set up a special communications office to work with the affected regions.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato spoke to reporters after midnight and said the tests were ongoing.
“Depending on the damage, the damage and construction of the building are being assessed,” he said, adding that parts of the bullet train have been suspended due to power outages.
“A study was being conducted at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant,” he said.
He also added saying that they have received reports that the Onagawa nuclear power plant and the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant do not indicate any kind of abnormalities.
Pictures posted online showed broken glass in the store and items spilled on store shelves.
Well-known author Yu Miri, who lives in the city of Fukushima in Minamisoma, tweeted a picture of his home, showing books, potted plants and other belongings scattered on the floor.
He also wrote that his house in Odaka, Minamisoma city is in ruins.
He wrote on Twitter that they heard the earth thundering. And then another earthquake about the next earthquake.
Aerial footage broadcast by NHK showed a mountain that had fallen on the main road in Fukushima prefecture, cutting the road. It was not right after clearing that if anyone had been injured.
The US Geological Survey registered an earthquake with a revised magnitude of 7.1 km 51 kilometers deep.
Japan sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, the arc of massive earthquake crossing Southeast Asia and crossing the Pacific Ocean.
The earth is regularly rocked by an earthquake, and it has strict building codes aimed at ensuring that buildings withstand powerful earthquakes.
In September 2018, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake shook Hokkaido, causing landslides, collapsing houses and killing more than 40 people.