A magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan today near the already hard hit area of Miyagi resulting in warnings of a tsunami. The quake was measured at a depth of about 25 miles and struck about 11:32 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website. Japan issued a tsunami alert for a possible two-meter wave. Fukushima home of the failing reactors is under a tsunami warning as well.

By Greg Chang – // Apr 7, 2011

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit 215 miles (345 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, resulting in warnings of a possible tsunami.

The quake was measured at a depth of about 25 miles and struck about 11:32 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website.

Japan issued a tsunami alert for a possible two-meter wave. A tsunami is not expected to reach Hawaii, according to a report from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. told reporters that the quake caused no new problems at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi and Dai-Ni nuclear power units. The Fukushima units were crippled by a 9.0 quake and tsunami on March 11 that killed or left missing more than 27,000 people.

Today’s quake caused power failures in Sendai, Yamagata and Fukushima City, according to broadcaster NHK. Miyagi Prefecture reported no immediate damage from the quake, which caused the region to close highways, Kyodo said. Bullet trains were also idled after the temblor.

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