Thursday, June 23, 2011

Magnitude 6.7 quake rattles northern Japan

 The Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. Photo: Reuters

TOKYO—A magnitude-6.7 earthquake shook northeast Japan on Thursday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake struck around 2151 GMT off the coast of Iwate Prefecture, around 500 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The temblor registered a lower 5 on the Japanese intensity scale in parts of Iwate and Aomori prefectures, and 3 in parts of Fukushima Prefecture, where the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex is located.

A 50-centimeter tsunami warning issued for Iwate Prefecture was later lifted.

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