Miyagi: An earthquake with the magnitude of 6.5 has struck northern Japan around the same area that was affected by the March 11 quake and tsunami, geologists say. The tremor hit at 1:34 p.m. off the Pacific coast of Miyagi prefecture, but no tsunami warning has been issued, media reports said on Friday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was “no destructive widespread tsunami threat.”
The earthquake happened at the depth of 40 kilometers (25 miles), Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.
No damage or casualties have been reported yet.
The Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train service stopped operation due to the quake, but resumed shortly afterwards.
The epicenter of the quake was 125 kilometers (77 miles) northeast of Sendai city, Miyagi’s capital, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The operator of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power, said the Saturday quake has not caused damage to the facility.
On March 11, Japan’s northeast coast was jolted by a magnitude 9 earthquake, the strongest quake in the Asian country on record, and a massive tsunami, which triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years, at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The disaster left nearly 28,000 people dead or missing.