An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck off the coast of Japan, 65 kilometres east-northeast of the city of Sendai, at 6:43 a.m. on Saturday local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warning had been posted. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said “a destructive pacific-wide tsunami is not expected.”
Japan’s national public broadcaster, NHK, reported that Tokyo Electric Power was checking whether there was any impact to the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were destroyed and released radioactive material into the air after a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. It was the second-worst nuclear disaster in history.