Japan: earthquake hits the northeast (VIDEO)


Destruction caused in the aftermath of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake of March 2011 and subsequent tsunami in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. Another 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit Japan early Thursday June 23, 2011 in the northeast region.


Kiyoshi Ota

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A 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit Japan early Thursday in the same area where an earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami in March.

Thursday's quake did not cause any known injuries or damage, the Associated Press reports.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake hit about 30 miles off the shore of Iwate prefecture just before 7 AM. The quake was 19.9 miles deep, and it could be felt as far away as Tokyo, about 325 miles southwest.

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The agency initially issued a tsunami warning but canceled it an hour later, the AP reports.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Thursday's quake did not cause traumatic reactions in residents. Many people had a "relatively nerveless" response, it states.

Japan's March 11 earthquake had a 9.0 magnitude and triggered not just a tsunami but also a nuclear crisis at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Read more from GlobalPost on Japan's earlier earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.