A massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Japan today, causing large scale destruction in Tokyo as well as other major cities nearby. There is no official estimate on how many people are currently missing, dead, or injured, though many people are currently being treated in Soma city in Fukushima. The earthquake hit less than a week after the 11th anniversary of the 2011 earthquake that left 18,500 people dead or missing.
A fire alarm was triggered as a result of the earthquake at the site where the Fukushima nuclear power plant once stood, though officials say there are currently no abnormalities.
Japan’s meterological agency said that the tsunami that will follow the earthquake could reach one meter or more above normal tidal levels.
The earthquake left much of the Japanese capital of Tokyo without power as well as other neighboring cities.
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JUST IN – Two powerful 7.3 and 6.4 magnitude earthquakes off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan. Tsunami warning issued.
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A huge earthquake that rocked buildings and cut power to more than two million homes in Japan has sparked fears of a Tsunami – 11 years after a tidal wave left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing in the same area.
The powerful 7.3-magnitude quake jolted the east of the country and left supermarkets and houses trashed while 170 miles away in Tokyo the city was plunged into darkness amid the electrical shortage.
It also triggered a fire alarm at a turbine at the crumpled Fukushima Daiichi plant, authorities said, adding they were monitoring the situation on Wednesday night.
But Japan’s nuclear authority said no abnormalities were detected at the site that went into meltdown 11 years ago when it was battered by a 9.0-magnitude quake.
Meanwhile as many as 6,820 people had to be evacuated from their homes Watari Town in Miyagi, according to local news site NHK.
The epicentre struck off the coast of Fukushima at a depth of 37 miles at 11.36pm local time – 2.36pm in the UK – triggering an advisory for tsunami waves of one metre for the coasts of northeastern Fukushima and Miyagi.