[size=200]Magnitude of Japan earthquake revised up to 7.2[/size]
[b]The 08:43 a.m. (2343 GMT) quake, whose epicenter was about 8 km underground in southern Iwate Prefecture, has killed two and injured more than 100 people as of 02:00 p.m. local time, Japanese media reported.
The Japan Meteorological Agency revised the magnitude of the earthquake which jolted wide areas of northeastern Japan Saturday morning up to 7.2 from the original 7. 0.
The 08:43 a.m. (2343 GMT) quake, whose epicenter was about 8 km underground in southern Iwate Prefecture, has killed two and injured more than 100 people as of 02:00 p.m. local time, Japanese media reported.
TV footage showed that the quake engendered several landslides and the collapse of a bridge in Kurihara city of Miyagi Prefecture, south of Iwate Prefecture.
The earth caved in a mountainous region, destroying roads. In several places, roads were broken or buried.
Kyodo News said three workers are missing in a landslide, and a bus was buried in another, trapping 17 people.
A series of minor and moderate aftershocks aggravated the damages, local reports said.
About 150 disaster relief teams from the Ground Self-Defense Force and more than a dozen from other prefectures were dispatched to the stricken areas.
Train services on most sections of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line were suspended shortly after the quake, but have been resumed. Meanwhile, all expressways in Miyagi Prefecture have been closed.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said at a press conference in the morning that blackout affected about 29, 000 households in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.
National broadcaster NHK quoted authorities as saying that two nuclear power plants in Fukushima Prefecture were not affected.
The quake, which engendered no tsunami warning, could be felt in almost all areas of the northeastern part of the Honshu Island, including Tokyo, and some part of Hokkaido Prefecture.[/b]