Earthquake rocks Japan’s northeast coast, disrupting parts of Tokyo; Tsunami alert issued

The tremors measured a magnitude of 7.3 and in some areas a magnitude of 6-plus on the Japanese Shaking Intensity Scale — too severe for people to stand, according to public broadcaster NHK.

A powerful earthquake struck Japan’s northeast coast on Wednesday, shaking buildings, leaving parts of Tokyo without power and triggering a tsunami warning.

The tremors measured a magnitude of 7.3 and in some areas a magnitude of 6-plus on the Japanese Shaking Intensity Scale — too severe for people to stand, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the government is working to assess the extent of damage after the quake.

The same region was hit by a massive earthquake followed by a tsunami in 2011, triggering the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company said around 2 million homes were without power and that it was checking the condition of the reactors at the Fukushima power plant, NHK said.

Authorities warned residents of Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures of tremors.

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