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May 12, 2015 Comments (0) Views: 1117 Natural Disasters, World News

6.8 Earthquake Hits Japan

epa04745489 A shake map released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) 12 May 2015 showing the location where a 6.8 earthquake occured near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 21:12 UTC on 12 May 2015.  EPA/USGS / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

epa04745489 A shake map released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) 12 May 2015 showing the location where a 6.8 earthquake occured near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 21:12 UTC on 12 May 2015. EPA/USGS / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck 21 miles southeast of Ofunato, Japan, on Tuesday, but there is no threat of a tsunami, authorities said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was detected at 5:12 p.m. ET about 21 miles southeast of Ofunato, on the northeastern coast of Japan.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no threat of a tsunami, and the Tohuku Electric Company, which operates the nearby Onagawa nuclear power plant, told Japanese broadcaster NHK there have been no reports of irregularities.

Some train service was disrupted as tracks were checked for damage, NHK reported.

A shake map released by the U.Ss Geological Survey on May 12, 2015, showing the location where a 6.8 earthquake occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

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