7.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Japan

TOKYO: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook Japan, damaging hundreds of buildings and injuring more than 100 people, but fortunately no casualties were reported.

The epicenter was reported below the Fukushima prefecture, 135 miles from Tokyo, at a depth of 55 kilometers, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The quake injured more than 100 people in Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Togi, Sitama and Chiba prefectures. The Meteorological Department did not issue a tsunami alert.

The quake destroyed several highways, damaged hundreds of buildings and left 950,000 homes without power. Emergency has been declared in hospitals while relief camps have also been set up.

The Meteorological Department has instructed fishermen not to go to sea while citizens have been asked not to leave their homes unnecessarily.

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