An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale has activated the tsunami alert on the east coast of Japan on Wednesday, according to local authorities. The tremor was felt intensely in Tokyo.
The tremor, which left two million people without electricity, was recorded at 11:36 p.m. local time (2:36 p.m. GMY) off the coast of the Fukushima region, 60 km deep, and gave rise to a tsunami warning with waves of up to a meter in the northeastern region.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has located the epicenter off the coast of the Fukushima region. The earthquake originated at a depth of more than 60 kilometers.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has warned of the possibility of a sudden rise in the water level. According to the Japanese chain NHK, the warning mainly affects the prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi, the closest to the epicenter.
The Government has convened an emergency committee to examine the consequences of this earthquake, although blackouts have already been confirmed in several cities, including in areas of the capital, Tokyo, according to the Kiodo news agency.