The dangerous shock of an earthquake in northern Japan 2022:  A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits northern Japan

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan on Wednesday evening, triggering a tsunami advisory and plunging more than 2 million homes in the Tokyo area into darkness

The region is part of northern Japan which was devastated by a deadly 9.0 quake and tsunami 11 years ago that also caused nuclear plant meltdowns

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no longer a tsunami threat through the Japan Meteorological Agency kept its low-risk advisory in place. NHK national television said tsunami waves of 8 inches already reached shore in one area

The Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, which operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant where the cooling systems failed after the 2011 disaster, said workers found no abnormalities at the site, which was in the process of being decommissioned

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters that there were also no abnormalities at two other nuclear power plants in the area

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake hit at 11:36 p.m. at a depth of 36 miles below the sea

Japan's Air Self-Defense Force said it dispatched fighter jets from the Hyakuri base in Ibaraki prefecture, just south of Fukushima, for information gathering and damage assessment

NHK said there were reports of fire, damage to buildings, and falling rocks in Iitate town in Fukushima. There was no word on any casualties

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