Just weeks before the 10-year anniversary of the deadly 2011 tsunami, a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima, Japan on Saturday.
The earthquake which hit at a depth of 60km (37 miles) was reported to have occurred in the late hours of Saturday in the Pacific, off Japan’s Eastern coast, Japan’s Meteorological Agency, JMA said.
JMA said Saturday’s earthquake was believed to be an aftershock of the massive 2011 quake which has continued to hit the region since.
The 7.3-magnitude quake was felt strongly in Tokyo, but a tsunami warning has not been issued.
According to BBC, there are reports of about 50 people injured and almost one million homes are without power.
Chief Cabinet Secretary, Katsunobu Kato told reporters that evaluations were under way, including of the region’s nuclear plants.
“Casualties and structural damage are being assessed,” he told a press conference, but added that parts of the high-speed bullet train network had been suspended because of power outages.
“Surveys are being done at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. We have received reports that Onagawa nuclear plant and Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant are not showing any abnormality.”
Fukushima nuclear plant operator Tepco also tweeted that there were “currently no abnormalities” found at its plants.
Despite reassurances from officials, report claims that many residents on the coast are seen evacuating their homes and heading for higher ground.
“Even if people say we don’t need to worry about a tsunami, I won’t buy it,” one 50-year-old man told the publication. “I learned from my bitter experience 10 years ago, and that’s why I evacuated.”