Magnitude 7.2 quake hits northern Japan, 1 metre tsunami – NHK

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Aerial view of Tokyo from the Skytree Tower, a broadcasting, restaurant, and remark tower in Sumida, Tokyo on March 17, 2015.

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An earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Saturday, hitting areas devastated by the 2011 catastrophe and producing a tsunami of 1 meter, public broadcaster NHK mentioned.

The quake hit the coast of Miyagi Prefecture at 6:26 p.m. (0926 GMT) and had a magnitude of seven.2 at a depth of 60 km (40 miles), the Japan Meteorological Company mentioned.

NHK warned the general public in opposition to coming wherever close to the shore.

Tohoku Electric Power has halted the Onagawa nuclear plant and is checking for any irregularities, NHK mentioned.

Tokyo Electrical Energy spokesman Ryonosuke Takanori mentioned the corporate is checking the situation of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi energy station that was wrecked by the large March 2011 quake, which precipitated nuclear meltdowns and mass evacuations.

Miyagi Prefecture was having energy outages in some areas, in accordance with the web site of the Tohoku Electrical Energy Community.

NHK mentioned service on the Tohoku shinkansen bullet prepare had been halted.

“It was a very dangerous, lengthy shaking from side-to-side. It was even longer than the quake final month, however no less than the constructing right here is all proper,” Shizue Onodera instructed NHK from the store the place she works within the metropolis of Ishinomaki.

“Numerous bottles smashed on the ground,” she mentioned. “The electrical energy is on.”

NHK footage from inside its Sendai bureau exhibiting a plaque suspended from the ceiling shaking for about 30 seconds following the tremor. It didn’t report any gadgets falling from cabinets or any instant harm.

The quake might be felt in Tokyo about 400 km south of the epicentre.