A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan near Fukushima.
Details of the extent of the damage have not yet emerged regarding the quake which hit 281km South East of Kamaishi.
The depth of the earthquake, which struck at 2.37am local time, was measured at 10km.
A similar earthquake back in 2011 killed four people and injured 10 more when landslides occurred and fires broke out as a result.
But experts are predicting today's quake should pass by without causing any harm.