7.3 magnitude earthquake shakes northern Japan

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook the coast of Folushima in northern Japan on Wednesday evening in Tokyo, Japan

The quake left more than 2 million homes in the Tokyo area in darkness

The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued

The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued

The tsunami and earthquake also melted the Johar plant

National television reported that tsunami waves had already reached 8 inches off the coast in one area

Tokyo-based Electric Power Company, which operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

This is where the cooling system failed in 2011. But now activists here say nothing unusual has happened. As can be eliminated

In addition to this plant, there are two other plants in the area. But no defects were found in them either

Following the quake, Japan's Air Chief Defense Force dispatched fighter jets from a high-altitude base in Ibarali Prefecture, south of Fukushima

From them, information can be gathered and damage can be estimated

The NHK said there were reports of fires, building damage and falling rocks in the town of Iitate in Fukushima

No casualties were reported.