6.1 quake shakes northeastern Japan

May 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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TOKYO, May 23 (UPI) -- A strong earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale deep under the sea shook northeastern Japan Wednesday, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 68 miles north-northeast of Hachinoche on the island of Honshu and 74 miles east-southeast of Hakodate on the island of Hokkaido.

The earthquake was at a depth of 25 miles and had a preliminary magnitude of 6.1, USGA said. No tsunami alert was issued.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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