Strong earthquake hits Japan, at least 88 injured and 1 dead reported



A tsunami threat has been issued for the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Wednesday evening, triggering a tsunami threat and leaving more than 2 million homes without power, officials said.

Preliminary reports place it at magnitude 7.3. The earthquake happened just off Fukushima.

At least 88 people were injured in several prefectures across Japan and one death was reported by officials in the city of Soma in Fukushima prefecture, according to Japanese news service NHK World.

A tsunami threat has been issued for the east coast of Honshu, Japan by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center based on preliminary seismic parameters. The center warned of possible dangerous tsunami waves for coastal communities within 186 miles of the epicenter.

A tsunami is not expected in California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia or Alaska, according to the US National Tsunami Warning Center.

Japanese news service NHK World initially reported that the Tokyo area was experiencing severe power cuts with more than 2 million homes currently without power. By 3 a.m. local time, power had been restored to “most” of the Tokyo area, NHK reported.

Following the earthquake, one of Japan’s Tohoku Shinkansen bullet trains derailed with 100 passengers on board, according to Kyodo News. No injuries were reported, the agency said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake happened around 11:36 p.m. local time and its epicenter was located about 20.5 miles under the sea.

In 2011, a strong earthquake struck in the same general area causing a tsunami and triggering a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Japan’s nuclear regulator reported on Wednesday that preliminary information indicated no abnormalities at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

ABC’s Alex Stone reports.

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