Powerful earthquake strikes off coast of Fukushima

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

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later said there was no longer a danger of a huge wave, though the Japan Meteorological Agency kept its low-risk advisory in place. NHK television said waves of 20 centimetres (8in) reached shore in Ishinomaki, about 240 miles (390km) north-east of Tokyo.


NHK footage showed the broken walls of a department store building and shards of windows scattered on a street near the main train station in Fukushima city.

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Eleven years ago the region was devastated by a 9.0 quake and tsunami that triggered nuclear plant meltdowns.

 
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