A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake jolted eastern Japan late Wednesday night
shaking capital Tokyo and prompting a brief tsunami advisory for parts of the northeast coast — including the area devastated by a much larger quake in 2011.
Not long after the quake struck at 11:36 p.m. an advisory for tsunami waves of about three feet was issued for parts of the northeast coast.
The earthquake was centered off the coast of the Fukushima region, at a depth of about 40 miles.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later said there was no longer a tsunami threat, though the Japan Meteorological Agency kept its low risk advisory in place.
NHK said there were reports of fire, damage to buildings and falling rocks in Iitate town in Fukushima. There was no word on any casualties.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters that the government was assessing the extent of damage and promised to do its utmost for rescue and relief operations.
Matsuno said there were a number of emergency calls and local authorities were scrambling to assess damage.