Magnitude-6.3 Quake Near Japan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck off east coast
of Honshu, Japan, on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey
reported.

No tsunami alert was issued.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

A day earlier, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake off Japan's northeast coast shook buildings hundreds of miles (kilometers) away in Tokyo and triggering a small tsunami, but caused no significant damage or
injuries.

The 4:44 a.m. Thursday (1844 GMT Wednesday) quake was shallow,
some 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) below the surface, the USGS said.

The USGS said the quake hit some 126 miles (203 kilometers) east
of Sendai, in Honshu, Japan, and about 272 miles (438 kilometers)
northeast of Tokyo.

Japan lies on the "Ring of Fire" - an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim and where about 90 percent of the world's quakes occur.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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