Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes off Japan: USGS

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 9:32 AM
Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes off Japan: USGS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.3 quake struck off the eastern coast of Japan's main island of Honshu less than a day after a strong quake in the same place triggered a tsunami warning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Wednesday.

It said the quake, centered 126 miles east of the city of Sendai, struck at 4:44 a.m. on Thursday (1844 GMT on Wednesday). It was very shallow, only 1.2 miles deep, and was in the same area as a magnitude 7.2 that triggered a tsunami advisory on Tuesday but caused no damage or injuries.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler, Editing by Doina Chiacu)