A robust earthquake has struck off the coast of north-eastern Japan, shaking Fukushima, Miyagi and close by areas.
Tokyo Electrical Energy Firm mentioned there have been no irregularities on the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which skilled meltdowns following an enormous quake and tsunami 10 years in the past.
The Japan Meteorological Company mentioned the quake had a magnitude of seven.3, elevating it from a preliminary magnitude of seven.1.
Tokyo Electrical Energy mentioned that some 860,000 houses have been with out energy on account of the quake however electrical energy was progressively being restored.
Video from public broadcaster NHK TV confirmed some items of a constructing wall had damaged off and fallen to the bottom, and items of glass have been scattered at a retailer.
Objects fell off cabinets due to the shaking, NHK mentioned. NHK aerial footage confirmed a portion of a freeway blocked by a landslide in Soma, a metropolis in Fukushima prefecture.
Mr Kato mentioned there have been a number of studies of minor accidents from the quake, equivalent to a person getting hit by a falling object.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga headed into his workplace instantly after studies of the quake, and a disaster centre was arrange there.
The identical north-eastern space was hit by a quake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe in March 2011. Consultants warned of aftershocks over the subsequent a number of days, together with probably bigger quakes.