From: Reuters
Published May 7, 2008 01:04 PM

Magnitude 6.7 earthquake jolts eastern Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - A earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 jolted eastern Japan early on Thursday, and was felt over a wide area, including in Tokyo, Japan's meteorological agency said.

The quake, at 1:45 a.m. (12:45 p.m. EDT, Wednesday), was centered in the Pacific Ocean east of Tokyo.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage after the quake, which measured 5 on the Japanese scale of 7 in some parts northeast of Tokyo, NHK said.

No tsunami damage was expected from the quake but there may be slight sea level changes, the agency said on its website.

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(Reporting by Hugh Lawson; Editing by Rodney Joyce)

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