Major earthquake strikes off the northern coast of Japan
- NEW: No immediate abnormalities were reported at nearby nuclear plants, Kyodo says
- NEW: Tremors are felt as far away as Tokyo
- The earthquake struck Sunday morning
- Tsunami advisories are issued for several coastal regions
(CNN) — A major earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan Sunday, prompting tsunami advisories for several coastal regions, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 10:57 a.m. at the epicenter, about 130 miles east of Sendai.
The earthquake was more than 20 miles deep and had a magnitude of 7.0, the USGS said.
The JMA measured the magnitude of the quake at 7.1.
Tsunami advisories were issued for the coastal regions of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, the JMA said.
The areas were among the hardest hit by this year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
No immediate abnormalities were reported at nearby nuclear facilities, according to the semiofficial Kyodo news agency. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, the agency said.
Tremors from the quake were felt as far away as Tokyo.