6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Japan

Early Thursday morning, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, 54 miles southeast of Hachinohe, according to reports by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Japan Meteorological Agency initially issued a tsunami warning for Iwate Prefecture, located roughly 30 miles from the location of where quake hit, but canceled it about an hour later.

The earthquake, which was followed by several smaller aftershocks, hit at a depth of 19.9 miles, causing tremors across the northern half of the country, including Tokyo, which is about 325 miles southwest of the epicenter.

The area struck by the 6.7 tremor was the same region of the Pacific where a magnitude-9.0 quake hit on March 11, triggering a catastrophic tsunami that killed at least 23,000 people and destroyed countless homes, offices and factories.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, struggling to control radiation leaks at its Fukushima nuclear plant, said Thursday’s quake had no impact on efforts to bring reactors under control.

Here is a clip of the Japan quake as seen on NBC news.

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