A tsunami warning for waves up to three metres has been issued after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan. People are being warned to evacuate low-lying areas and Tokyo Electric Power Co is checking its nuclear plants in Fukushima prefecture for any damage.
The epicentre is not far from Fukushima’s Daiichi plant, which in 2011 had a nuclear meltdown following Japan’s strongest-ever earthquake – a 9.0. Today’s quake struck off the Japanese coast, 67km northeast of Iwaki city, at a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Tokyo also felt tremors from the earthquake – which struck at 6am local time (9pm GMT), according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency put the earthquake at 7.3 magnitude. Japan accounts for 20% of earthquakes greater than 6.0.