6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN (HawaiiNewsNow) – A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted northeastern Japan Saturday morning. The quake hit at 8:53 a.m. Hawaii time and was in the same region devastated by March's massive quake and tsunami.

The earthquake was not strong enough to generate a tsunami threat to Hawaii and no tsunami warning was issued for Japan.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S.G.S. says the earthquake was centered about 11 miles east-southeast of Iwaki on Honshu Island. Its depth was 27 miles.

U.S.G.S. says its epicenter is 114 miles northeast of Tokyo.

About 23,000 people died or were left missing across wide swaths of Japan's northeast coastline after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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