TOKYO >> A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan early Tuesday, triggering minor tsunamis but there were no reports of major damage or injuries.
The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted a tsunami advisory two hours after it was issued following the quake, which hit at 8 a.m. Tuesday Japan time, (1 p.m. Monday Hawaii time).
There was no tsunami threat to Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
Hours later, another strong offshore quake — magnitude 5.7 this time — shook the area, following several smaller aftershocks reported in the area. There was no fear of tsunami or damage from them.
The earlier quake’s epicenter was at a depth of about 6 miles. It shook much of northeast Japan and could be felt in Tokyo, 430 miles away. The second, which struck generally the same area at 1:46 p.m. but occurred at a much deeper 30 miles below the sea surface.
Small tsunamis of up to 8 inches)were recorded after the first quake along the coast of Iwate prefecture, according to the agency, much smaller than the possible 3-foot tsunami mentioned in the advisory.
The same region was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, killing more than 18,000 people.