Strong quake shakes northeast Japan; no tsunami risk
Tokyo — 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.
The magnitude 6.8 quake struck at 6:12 a.m. at a depth of 29 miles off the coast of Miyagi prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
It shook a wide swath of northern Japan and was felt in Tokyo, 260 miles) 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.