Tremor measuring 7.3 magnitude triggers tsunami advisory and knocks out electricity service to over 2 million Tokyo-area homes
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Fukushima, Japan, disrupting power service to millions of homes in the Tokyo area and raising fears of a potential tsunami in the same region where a 2011 wave led to nuclear reactor meltdowns.
The quake hit at 11:36 p.m. local time on Wednesday and was centered 57 kilometers east-northeast of Namie, Japan, at a depth of 63 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey. Namie is located in Fukushima Prefecture, about 10 kilometers north of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
The latest earthquake struck just two minutes after a 6.4-magnitude tremor in the same area. A 5.6-magnitude quake followed about 45 minutes later. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami alert, warning that there could be multiple waves as high as one meter in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures.