Aerial view of Tokyo from the Skytree Tower, a broadcast, restaurant and viewing tower in Sumida, Tokyo on March 17, 2015.
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An earthquake hit northeastern Japan on Saturday, hitting areas devastated by the 2011 disaster, causing a six-foot tsunami, NHK public broadcaster said.
The earthquake hit the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 6:26 PM. (0926 GMT) and had a magnitude of 7.2 at a depth of 60 km (40 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
NHK warned the public not to come near the coast.
Tohoku Electric Power has shut down the Onagawa nuclear power plant and is checking for any irregularities, NHK said.
Tokyo Electric Power spokesman Ryonosuke Takanori said the company is monitoring the condition of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant that was destroyed by the massive March 2011 earthquake that triggered nuclear meltdowns and mass evacuations.
According to the Tohoku Electric Power Network website, Miyagi prefecture had power outages in some areas.
NHK said service on the Tohoku shinkansen bullet train had stopped.
“It was a really, really long shake from side to side. It was even longer than the earthquake last month, but at least the building here is okay,” Shizue Onodera told NHK from the shop where she works in the city. . from Ishinomaki.
“Many bottles fell on the floor,” she said. “The electricity is on.”
NHK images from the Sendai desk with a plaque hanging from the ceiling and vibrating about 30 seconds after the quake. It did not report items falling from the shelves or any direct damage.
The quake was felt in Tokyo, about 400 km south of the epicenter.