Almost a month after the massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan, a second earthquake struck the north-eastern coast of the country on Thursday.
Officials later informed that a powerful aftershock that occurred later injured around 100 people and killed two.
Although a tsunami alert was given at the time of the earthquake, it was later lifted. There are also no reports of further damage at the overheated nuclear reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
However, as an emergency measure, officials at Japan's Nuclear Industrial and Safety Agency injected water and emergency nitrogen injections into the reactors while the workers evacuated the area.
The 7.1 magnitude quake infused once again fear and anxiety in the minds of the people who have been trying to get over the after-effects of the first earthquake.
Owing to the extensive loss of life and property and the ongoing nuclear crisis, tens of thousands of people have been forced to live in evacuation centers set up by the government.
People wait in despair and hopelessness in the centers as the authorities continue their search for the dead and the missing.
Start the slideshow to get a glimpse of life within the evacuation centers in Japan: