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Magnitude 7.3 quake jolts northern Japan, dozens injured

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By Bloomberg 
16 March 2022, 10:58 pm GMT+8
Updated on 17 March 2022, 7:12 am GMT+8
Magnitude 7.3 – 57 km ENE of Namie, Japan.Source: USGS

FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN — A magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck northern Japan near Fukushima prefecture late on Wednesday, killing two and injuring dozens of people, as well as derailing a bullet train and disrupting power.

The quake, which also shook buildings in parts of Tokyo, struck around 11:36 p.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Local media reported two people in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures have died, while at least around 90 people were injured.

The affected area was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that killed over 16,000 and triggered a nuclear crisis in Fukushima. The disaster led to the shutdown of all of Japan’s nuclear plants, forcing the country to rely on other sources of energy such as coal and natural gas. The latest quake also triggered a tsunami warning, which was later lifted and appeared to be less powerful according to magnitude readings.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said around 2 million buildings in its service area lost electricity, although power was restored to most around 2:50 a.m. 

Nuclear regulators said a fire alarm went off at Fukushima’s Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, although it was later determined there was no fire. Water pumps used to cool spent fuel pools at the Dai-Ni plant were also halted, before coming back online.

A Tohoku bullet train has derailed on a stretch of track linking Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, East Japan Railway Co. said, although there were no reported injuries.

The intensity of the shaking was estimated at an upper 6 on Japan’s shindo scale of 7 in parts of Miyagi prefecture, NHK said. A tsunami of 20 centimeters (8 inches) was recorded in the prefecture and residents of some towns were told to evacuate, the broadcaster reported.

Refinery company Eneos Holdings Inc. said operations at its oil-fired Negishi plant were halted.

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