7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan

A tsunami alert was issued after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan.

According to the USGS, the earthquake struck at 14:36:33 (UTC) located at 37.702°N 141.587°E63. with a depth of 1 km.

Footage from NHK shows buildings violently shaking as lights in the distance flicker out. 

The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued tsunami warnings along the coasts of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and ordered evacuations in various cities.

The agency warned that there could be tsunamis as high as 1 meter just like during the great quake in 2011. 

Tokyo Electric Power Company  (TEPCO) 9501.T said that almost 2 million households were disconnected from the power grid and that it was checking the condition of reactors at the Fukushima plant.

There are no reports yet of casualties or property damage. 

This is a breaking story. 

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