6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Japan

6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Japan

6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Japan

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast on Saturday, authorities said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage

The epicentre of the earthquake was located at a depth of 60 kilometers (more than 37 miles) in the Pacific Ocean, not far from the prefecture of Miyagi. There were no reports of any damages or casualties due to the earthquake as of now.

The earthquake struck close to the coast of Miyagi Prefecture north of Tokyo and not far from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where the owner, Tokyo Electric Power was making checks.

Japan’s meteorological agency said there was no tsunami risk following Saturday’s jolt, which produced strong shaking along parts of the eastern coast and was also felt in Tokyo.

The quake was centred off the coast of Miyagi prefecture in northern Japan, the area devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that left about 20,000 people dead.