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Strong earthquake hits Japan, but no tsuanmi generated

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 6:51 a.m. HST, May 23, 2012

TOKYO >> A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of northeastern Japan, but no tsunami is expected.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.1 earthquake hit at 2:02 a.m. Thursday Japan time (5:02 a.m. Hawaii time) and was centered about 66 miles northeast of Hachinohe at a depth of 25 miles.

Japan's Kyodo News agency says the quake shook Aomori prefecture and other areas of northeastern Japan but no abnormalities were reported at nearby nuclear power plants. No tsunami warning was issued.

A massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan's northeastern coastline in March last year, leaving some 19,000 people dead or missing and badly damaging the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

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