From: Reuters, Tokyo and USGS
Published September 17, 2011 07:27 AM

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Japan

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hit Japan on Saturday 126 km (80 miles) east-southeast of Hachinohe, off the east coast of Honshu island, the USGS reported.


Japan's NHK state broadcaster said there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued after the earthquake struck at 1926 GMT.

There have been a raft of earthquakes of a lesser magnitude after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11.  The location of this earthquake, in the ocean off the Northeast coast of Japan near Honshu (67 miles from Hachinohe and 356 miles NNE of Tokyooccurred in an area where earthquakes in the range of 5 to over 6 have been occurring every couple of days or so recently.

They have not been associated with Tsunami's, fortunately, nor have they been causing reports of serious damage.

Map shows location of this latest earthquake. 

Credit: USGS

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