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A MASSIVE 7.3 earthquake has struck Fukushima nuclear plant and has shaken Tokyo for two minutes triggering a tsunami warning.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has released a warning for an over 3ft tsunami on the coasts in Miyagi, and Fukushima.

Part of a wall collapsed following an earthquake in JapanCredit: Reuters
Millions have been left without power in Tokyo
Millions have been left without power in TokyoCredit: AFP
The huge 7.3 quake struck Japan late on Wednesday
The huge 7.3 quake struck Japan late on WednesdayCredit: Twitter

The agency said the quake struck 36 miles below the sea.

A high-speed bullet train travelling up to 200 miles per hour derailed amid the massive tremor, according to Japanese officials, as reported by Japanese news agency NHK.

The train was between Fukushima and the city of Shiroishi less than 19 miles away when it derailed with around 100 passengers on board.

No one is reported to have been injured in the derailment so far, according to East Japan Railways.

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Tokyo Electric Power Company said that around two million households were without power, according to NHK.

TEPCO also said in a tweet that it was checking operations at the Fukushima nuclear plant that went into meltdown 11 years ago after a huge 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami hit off the eastern coast.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority confirmed that two water pumps stopped working in a spent fuel pool at the Fukushima Daini plant.

A fire alarm was also heard at the Fukushima Daiichi plant following the earthquake.

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Millions are without power in the wake of the earthquakes, which both struck at around the same time.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says almost 2.1 million households in nine different prefectures in its service area are without electricity.

Tohoku Electric Power Company, which covers a large amount of northeastern Japan, including Fukushima, reports of blackouts in five different prefectures, while more than 154,000 households are without power.

The Prime Minister’s Office Twitter account announced the earthquake hit at 11:36 pm.

Authorities warned residents in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Yamagata prefectures to expect aftershocks.

In another tweet, they urged people to “keep away from dangerous areas” with strong shaking.

East Japan Railway Co. said most of its train services were suspended for safety checks.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters that the government was assessing the extent of damage and promised to do its utmost for rescue and relief operations.

“Please first take action to save your life,” Kishida tweeted.

A tsunami warning was issued after the earthquake
A tsunami warning was issued after the earthquakeCredit: BNO News
No casualties have been reported
No casualties have been reportedCredit: twitter.com
Buildings in Tokyo were left without power
Buildings in Tokyo were left without powerCredit: Reuters
A power outage in the Koto district in Tokyo
A power outage in the Koto district in TokyoCredit: AFP
Nearly two million homes were left without power
Nearly two million homes were left without powerCredit: AFP
The huge earthquake hit the Fukushima nuclear plant
The huge earthquake hit the Fukushima nuclear plantCredit: AP

A US writer who lives in Japan tweeted: “Really big-a** earthquake here in Japan just now.

“We’re fine. But it was shaking pretty damn hard for like a good 2 minutes, which if you’ve ever been in one, you’ll know is a long time.

“Magnitude 7.3. Tsunami warning for 1 meter up north in Tohoku.

“Biggest in a while.”

NHK national television said tsunami waves around eight inches (20cm) high) had already reached shore in one area.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency kept a low risk advisory in place, although the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no longer a tsunami threat.

The region is part of northern Japan that was devastated by a deadly 9.0 quake and tsunami that also caused one of history’s worst-ever disasters on March 11, 2011.

The earthquake was the most powerful ever recorded in Japan and the fourth biggest in the world since 1900.

Terrifying 133ft waves smashed into the northeastern coast of the country, crashing into the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

More than 15,000 people died and nearly 230,000 were forced to flee for their lives.

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The quake caused damage of £168billion, making it the most expensive disaster in world history.

Around 32.1 trillion yen (£212billion) has been spent by the Japanese government to rebuild the area ruined by the tsunami and three nuclear meltdowns.

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