Earthquake of magnitude 6.8 shakes Japan

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Tokyo: Yet another earthquake shakes the earth. This time it is Japan. A strong earthquake hit Japan on Wednesday in the same region devastated by a major quake and tsunami in 2011. Authorities said there was no risk of tsunami, however. The magnitude 6.8 quake struck at 6.12 am (local time) at a depth of 46 kilometres off the coast of Miyagi prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

It shook a wide swath of northern Japan and was felt in Tokyo, 415 kilometres to the southwest. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.Meteorological agency official Yohei Hasegawa told a news conference that the earthquake was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 disaster that killed more than 18,000 people in March 2011.

No abnormalities were reported at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 disaster, or at other reactors in the region.