Another earthquake strikes off Japan coast
Published 12/08/2011 | 05:00
A strong earthquake last night struck northeastern Japan, the same region devastated by the massive quake and tsunami in March.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued.
The New York-based US Geological Survey confirmed that a magnitude of 5.9 quake struck at 3.23am local time this morning off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture.
The epicentre was about 11 miles (18 kilometers) east-southeast of Iwaki on Honshu Island, 114 miles (184 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.
About 23,000 people died or disappeared across Japan's northeast coastline after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Another 80,000 were forced to evacuate because of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's radiation threat.