Strong earthquake hits northeastern Japan, no tsunami warning

TOKYO – A strong earthquake shook northeastern Japan without triggering a tsunami alert on Tuesday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.4 degrees on the Richter scale, according to preliminary calculations.

The epicenter of the quake was located off the coast of Iwate, about ten kilometers underwater. This city is in the region devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.

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