5.9 quake strikes eastern Japan

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan on Saturday, seismologists said.

Updated: Jun 18, 2011, 23:56 PM IST

Tokyo: A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck
eastern Japan on Saturday, seismologists said, rattling one of the
areas hardest hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami disasters.

The quake hit at 8:31 pm (1701 IST) about 110
kilometres east of Fukushima near the east coast of Honshu at
a depth of 30 kilometres, the Japan Meteorological Agency
said.

No tsunami warnings were in effect and there were no
immediate reports of damage.

The northeast coast of Japan`s main Honshu island was
ravaged by a 9.0 magnitude quake and monster tsunami on March
11 which left more 23,000 people dead or missing.

The disasters also crippled the Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear power plant, triggering the world`s worst atomic
accident since Chernobyl in 1986 and forcing hundreds of
thousands of residents to leave their homes.

PTI