6.9 earthquake hit Japan

6.9 earthquake hit Japan

6.9 earthquake hit northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. There were no early reports of casualties or damage. There was no tsunami warning following the quake. Meteorological Agency in Japan reported that the magnitude of the quake at 6.4. Japanese media said police had received no reports of damage shortly after the quake.

The nuclear power plant in northern Japan reported no problems after the quake, according to local Japanese media.

The epicenter of the quake was reportedly about 38 miles south east from the town of Obihiro. 11:17 p.m. Saturday in the Tokachi region in southern Hokkaido, at a depth of 120 kilometer (75 miles).

The island is about 500 miles north of Tokyo.
This is a developing story.
Reuters contributed to this report.

In March 2011 a devastating earthquake and tsunami in the same area left some 19,000 people dead or missing and crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the world’s worst atomic disaster in 25 years.

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