A massive 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan


Posted on 16 March 2022


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On Wednesday night, a massive 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan, shaking the capital Tokyo and sparking a tsunami warning for sections of the northeast coast. The quake, which knocked off power to more than two million households, struck at a depth of 60 kilometers (37 miles) off the coast of Fukushima, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. No abnormalities were found at the stricken Fukushima plant, which went into meltdown in 2011 after a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast, sparking a horrific tsunami and nuclear tragedy. A caution for tsunami waves of up to one meter was issued for the shores of Fukushima and Miyagi shortly after the quake struck at 11:36 p.m. (1436 GMT) on Wednesday. According to national broadcaster NHK, a 20-centimeter tsunami wave was recorded in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi. Some structural damage was shown on television in the northeast, including the fall of a stone wall at Aoba castle in Sendai city.


Key Points


  • On Wednesday night, a massive 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan, shaking the capital Tokyo and sparking a tsunami warning for sections of the northeast coast.

  • According to national broadcaster NHK, a 20-centimeter tsunami wave was recorded in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi.


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