The aftershocks of the fresh earthquake that hit north-eastern Japanese coast on April 11 were felt in Tokyo and nuclear workers at the Fukushima plant were temporarily evacuated, according to reports.
Reports said power was cut off at Fukushima plant after the quake. Broadcaster NHK's footage showed office workers holding nerve inside ruffled up offices were fittings and equipment hung from the ceiling.
The new, magnitude 7.1 tremor that hit the eastern Honshu in Japan occurred at a depth of 13.1 kilometers, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. Japan's meteorological agency has issued a warning for 3-foot tsunami.
Reports said power was cut off at Fukushima nuclear plant after the quake.
The quake hit at 05:16:13 PM at the epicenter, USGS said. According to it the epicenter was 8i kilometers away from Fukushima and 163 kilometers away from the capital Tokyo.
The quake hit the country even as people were holding ceremonies in memory of those who died in the March 11 quake and the massive tsunami which heralded an unprecedented nuclear crisis in the country.
People at a large electronics store in central Sendai screamed and ran outside, though the shaking made it hard to move around. Mothers grabbed their children, and windows shook. After a minute or two, people returned to the store, AP reported.