The quake, which hit at 11.32pm local time, had a magnitude of 7.4, according to the US Geological Survey, which said it struck 66 kilometres (40 miles) east of Sendai.
Japan’s weather bureau issued a tsunami alert for the Pacific coast, saying that waves of up to two metres could hit the shoreline.
In a statement on its website, the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it did not expect a Pacific-wide tsunami.
The quake had a depth of 25.6km (15.9 miles), the USGS said.
Although the epicentre was at a distance of 333km (207 miles) from Tokyo, it caused buildings to shake in the Japanese capital.
“Please do not hesitate to leave for higher ground, nor try to return to the coast line. Please do not try to check the status of the coastline,” broadcaster NHK said repeatedly.
Its advice not to go to the coastline was supposedly addressed to fishermen worried about their boats.
Mereka masih lagi trauma pasal gempa yg lalu, ni dtg lg gempa yg baru, kesiannya mereka kat sana,
BE STRONG JAPAN!!