7.3 magnitude earthquake shakes northern Japan, tsunami alert issued

People walk along a street of aresidential area during a power outage in Koto district in Tokyo early on March 17, 2022, after a powerful 7.3-magnitude quake jolted east Japan. - A woman shops in a store in a residential area during a power outage in Koto district in Tokyo on March 16, 2022 (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

ISLAMABAD, Mar 16 (Alliance News): A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook the coastal region of Fukushima in northern Japan and a tsunami alert was issued.

According to the AFP news agency, the Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake had a depth of 60 km under the sea.

The region is one of the areas in Japan that was devastated by the worst earthquake and tsunami of magnitude 9.0 in 2011 and caused a nuclear crisis.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or severe damage.

Electricity provider TEPCO said 2 million people, including 700,000 people, had lost power in Tokyo.

Tohoku Electric Power said 156,000 people in the northeastern region had no electricity.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters that the government was gathering information about the situation.

“We will gather information and provide accurate information to help the quake victims,” ​​he said.

TEPCO also said it was watching the operation at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was destroyed 11 years ago.

Regarding the nuclear plant, the state-run agency said there was no damage to the Onagawa plant in northeastern Miyagi.

Authorities issued a tsunami alert after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the region of Miyagi in March last year.

Japanese media reported that one meter high waves hit the coast shortly after the earthquake and tsunami warning was issued.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake, which struck at 6 pm in the Miyagi prefecture, was also felt in the capital Tokyo at a depth of 60 km.

At least 200 homes and shops were without power after the quake, and local rail service was temporarily cut off.

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook Fukushima prefecture in February, injuring more than 100 people and damaging dozens of buildings.

Experts called the quake the aftershocks of the worst earthquake in 2011.

A previous earthquake in January of this year had a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale and injured 13 people in southwestern Japan.

The state broadcaster NHK said it had received several reports of damage to buildings, water lines and roads.

At least 20 people were killed or missing in a 2011 earthquake in Japan, with waves up to 30 feet high.

The quake, which struck a decade ago, not only cost Japan dearly, but also severely damaged Japan’s nuclear reactors.

The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued.


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