6.4 Earthquake Off Coast Of Japan Without Injuries

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake struck early on Monday about 72 miles southeast of Morioka on Japan’s Pacific coast.

No reports of damage or injuries was immediately available. A tsunami warning has not been issued.

USGS put the quake 115 km (72 miles) southeast of Morioka on Japan’s Pacific coast, and 31 km deep. The Japan Meteorological Agency put it at magnitude 6.1, and slightly deeper at 25 miles.

The quake was rated only 4 on Japan’s seven-point seismic scale, suggesting that no significant damage was expected.

The earthquake was the third measuring in the 5- to 6-magnitude range to strike Japan in recent weeks.

In March last year a 9.0-magnitude undersea earthquake off Japan’s northeast coast triggered a monster tsunami, leaving about 19,000 people dead or missing and crippling the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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