A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off eastern Japan on Saturday
morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with minor
tsunami of up to 20cm but no reports of damage along the
northeast coast that was ravaged by the catastrophic March
No irregularities were reported at the Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear plant, which was damaged in the 2011 disaster in the
worst nuclear accident since Ukraine's Chernobyl in 1986.
The quake registered a moderate 4 on the Japanese seismic
scale of 1-7, meaning that major damage was unlikely.
Minor tsunami of up to 20 cm were recorded at Ishinomaki in
Miyagi prefecture and other locations along the northeast
coast, the meteorological agency said.
Evacuation orders were also issued in several coastal towns
in the area, where 19,000 perished in the March 11 disaster
three years ago, but those orders were cancelled shortly
after the tsunami advisory was lifted, according to the
A meteorological agency official told a televised news
conference that Saturday's quake appeared to be an aftershock
of the massive magnitude-9 earthquake of 2011.