At least five people have been injured in a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook Tokyo early this morning after striking off the cost of Japan.
People raced to higher ground as The Japan Meteorological Agency issued tsunami advisories for much of the nation’s northern Pacific coast.
After warnings were downgraded, the agency advised that another large quake could be expected within the next few days, and people in the region have been advised to “remain cautious” for the next week.
At the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, which suffered a major nuclear meltdown in Japan’s devastating 2011 quake, the reactor number 3 spent fuel pool pump stopped operating at 6.10am as a result of the quake but is reported to be safe and “intact.”
Authorities said today’s quake was an aftershock from Japan’s devastating 2011 quake, which was the most powerful ever recorded in the country and the fourth most powerful one in the world since records began in 1900.
In 2015 authorities confirmed there were 15,894 deaths, 6,152 injured and 2,562 people missing after the natural disaster, which triggered powerful 40m-high tsunami waves.
The tsunami caused nuclear accidents – including the level 7 meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in the Futaba District.