A tsunmai warning has been issued after a 7.2 earthquake struck near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
Japan public broadcaster NHK has warned residents a tsunmai of one metre was expected for Miyagi Prefecture.
The earthquake hit 57km north-east of Sendai-shi 20 minutes ago, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre has reported.
It struck at 6.09pm.
The warning stated: “It is dangerous in the sea or near the coast. Those who are in the sea should immediately get out of the sea and leave the coast.
“The tide will continue to be fast, so please do not enter the sea or approach the coast until the warning is cleared.”
Yoshihide Suga, the country’s Prime Minister, called for a crisis meeting at his residence in Tokyo in response to the quake.
Strong shaking was been reported in nearby Namie, Fukushima and Sendai, with several in those areas also reporting power cuts.
According to Tohoku Electric Power Network Co., about 200 households in Miyagi Prefecture were hit by power outages
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