Another quake jolts Japan; tsunami alert cancelled

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook northern Japan, prompting a tsunami alert.

Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 08:11 AM IST

Tokyo: Japan has cancelled a tsunami warning after a magnitude-6.1 earthquake shook eastern Japan off the quake-ravaged coast on Monday morning.

Earlier, the earthquake had prompted Japan to issue a tsunami alert.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but the Japan Meteorological Agency had suspected a tsunami of up to 1.6 feet (a half meter) might wash into Miyagi Prefecture.

The tsunami alert was localised to Japan. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said no wave was expected in Hawaii or on the US west coast.

The alert was prompted by a quake that the US Geological Survey measured at 7:23 am on Monday Japan time (2223 GMT Sunday) near the east coast of Honshu.

The USGS said the quake was 3.7 miles (5.9 kilometres) deep.

A magnitude-9 quake off Japan`s northeast coast on March 11 triggered a tsunami that barrelled onshore, triggering a humanitarian disaster that is thought to have killed about 18,000 people.

Bureau Report