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A 7.3 magnitude earthquake has struck Japan, rocking buildings in Tokyo and leaving two million people without power.

The US Embassy in Tokyo said a ‘tsunami advisory’ has been issued for Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.

Footage shared on social media showed buildings shaking and two huge flashes lighting up the night sky.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake struck 36 miles below the sea off the coast of Fukushima.

It is the same region that was hit by a major earthquake followed by a tsunami in 2011, causing the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

YouTuber Chris Broad wrote on Twitter: “Scariest earthquake in ten years.

“Had an actual panic attack & thought the whole bloody building was coming down. Started with a big one that died off.

“Then all of a sudden a 2nd massive one that knocked half the apartment over. Fire alarms going off all around Sendai right now.”

Musician Shinya Mizoguchi wrote: “That was one of the longest earthquakes I’ve ever experienced. Hope everyone in Japan is safe.”

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the government was working to assess the extent of any damage after the tremor.

Bullet train ‘derails’ with 100 people on board

A Japanese bullet train has reportedly derailed with 100 people on board.

The Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train derailed between Fukushima and Shiroishizao stations.

Officials said no one was injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, Japanese media shared footage of rubble which had collapsed into a road in Yagiyama, near Sendai, during the earthquake.

(youtube)

Fire alarms set off at Fukushima nuclear power plant

Fire alarms gave been set off at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, with two water pumps stopped at the site, according to Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority.

However radiation levels at the station are normal.

Meanwhile, people in Japan are being warned that a similarly strong earthquake could strike again in the next week.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said: “There is a possibility that another earthquake as strong as an upper 6 could strike in the next week or so.

“We need to be on alert.”

Tsunami waves of up to one-metre expected to hit coast of Japan

Tsunami waves of up to one-metre are expected to hit the coast of Japan.

The Government organisation Japan Safe Travel (JST) warned that a tsunami is expected to hit the coastal regions of Miyagi.

JST, which provides safety tips to foreigners, tweeted: “Tsunami Advisory has been issued on March 16, 11:39 pm, A tsunami with an estimated height up to 1m is expected to strike the coastal regions of Miyagi… and the coastal regions of Fukushima.

“Get out of the water and leave coastal regions immediately.”

(NHK)

US Embassy shares tsunami warning and urges people to ‘stay away from water’

The US Embassy in Tokyo has shared a ‘tsunami advisory’ and warned people to ‘stay away from water’.

The embassy tweeted: “Around 11:36 PM a 7.3 earthquake struck northeastern Japan.

“A tsunami adivsory has been issued for Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.

“Stay away from water. Power outages have been reported in multiple areas – including Tokyo. Rail travel may be disrupted. Continue to monitor news.”

Huge flashes were spotted in the night sky as the earthquake rocked buildings (NHK)

No abnormalities in radiation at Fukushima nuclear plant, power firm says

There are no abnormal radiation readings coming from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Company reportedy said.

The plant was seriously damaged when an earthquake triggered a tsunami in Japan in 2011.

It damaged some of the station’s reactors and caused radiation to leak out of the plant.

The functioning reactors were disabled following the disaster.

Shutdowns at power plants after earthquake

Several power stations have reportedly shut down following the earthquake in Japan.

These include Fukushima Natural Gas Power Plant, Hirono Thermal Power Station and Kashima Power Station.

Tokyo Electric Power Company said around 2 million households were without power after the tremor.

The firm said it was checking the condition of reactors at the Fukushima plant, NHK reported.

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

Witnesses describe earthquake as the ‘scariest in 10 years’

Witnesses have described the earthquake off the coast of Fukushima as the ‘scariest in 10 years’.

Musician Shinya Mizoguchi wrote: “That was one of the longest earthquakes I’ve ever experienced. Hope everyone in Japan is safe.”

YouTuber Chris Broad wrote on Twitter: “Scariest earthquake in 10 years.

“Had an actual panic attack & thought the whole bloody building was coming down. Started with a big one that died off.

“Then all of a sudden a 2nd massive one that knocked half the apartment over. Fire alarms going off all around Sendai right now.”

Parts of the Japanese capital Tokyo endured power outages as a result of the tremor, with reports suggesting two million people have been affected.

The tremor caused power cuts throughout Japan (AFP via Getty Images)
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