Magnitude 6.7 Quake Hits Off Northern Japan, No Tsunami Threat

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck off northern Japan at 12:25pm local time today, causing strong shaking and halting trains but with no threat of a tsunami. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake, which struck off the coast of Japan’s northernmost Hokkaido prefecture, had a depth of 50 kilometers, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website. Local broadcaster NHK showed footage of strong shaking after the temblor, which had an intensity of 5- on Japan’s scale of 7.

NHK reported that authorities had closed the runway at New Chitose airport, frequently used by visitors to Hokkaido’s ski resorts, to check for any damage. Kyodo reported that bullet trains in Aomori and Iwate prefectures had been temporarily halted.

There was no damage to Hokkaido Electric’s Tomari nuclear plant or Tohoku Electric’s Onagawa plant, both of which are halted, according to a statement from Japans’ nuclear regulator.