A huge earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has hit off the coast of Japan, injuring dozens of people and causing widespread blackouts.

The epicentre was off the eastern coast of Fukushima with a depth of 36 miles (60km), the country’s meteorological agency said.

It occurred shortly after 11pm local time and shook buildings in the capital Tokyo, hundreds of kilometers to the southwest.

However, no tsunami warnings have been issued.

It comes just weeks before the 10-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011, quake which devastated northeast Japan and triggered a massive tsunami leading to the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter of a century – one centred at the Daiichi facility.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas.

Japan accounts for about 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

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