An earthquake hit northeastern Japan on Saturday, triggering a 1-meter tsunami and affecting areas devastated by the 2011 disaster.
The earthquake struck the coast of Miyagi Prefecture at 6:26 p.m. (9:26 a.m. GMT) and had a magnitude of 7.2 at a depth of 60 km, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but people were warned not to approach the shore as the tsunami may have already reached parts of the Miyagi coast.
Tokyo Electric Power said it had found no irregularities at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, destroyed by the massive March 2011 earthquake that triggered nuclear fusions and massive evacuations.
A spokesperson said there were also no irregularities at his neighboring Daini facility.
There were no irregularities at Tohoku Electric Power Co’s Onagawa nuclear power plant, the nuclear regulator said.
Miyagi Prefecture was experiencing power outages in some areas, according to the Tohoku power grid.
The Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train service has been suspended, state broadcaster NHK reported.
“It was a really bad, long shaking side to side. It was even longer than the earthquake last month, but at least the building here is fine, ”Shizue Onodera told NHK from the store where she works in Ishinomaki town.
“A lot of bottles broke on the ground. Electricity is on.
Akira Wakimoto, a crisis management official in Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture, said he was in his apartment when the earthquake struck and felt his room shaking for a long time.
In the coastal town of Ofunato, Shotaro Suzuki, a hotel worker, said there was a temporary outage and the elevators stopped briefly, but power was restored and it was not There were no other problems.
“Our guests seemed worried at first, but they’ve all gone back to their rooms and our facility looks fine,” Suzuki told NHK.
Images taken inside the NHK office in Sendai showed a plaque hanging from the ceiling shaking for about 30 seconds after the shaking. He did not report any items falling off the shelves or any immediate damage.
The quake could be felt in Tokyo about 250 miles south of the epicenter.
Japan this month celebrated the 10th anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that sparked a nuclear meltdown in Fukushima and killed more than 18,000 people.
The country is among the most seismically active in the world, accounting for about 20% of earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater worldwide.