A 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook the island of Honshu, off the coast of Japan, early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The temblor occurred at 6:13 a.m. local time, nearly 50 kilometers (31 miles) beneath the Earth's surface. No injuries or damage were reported.
There is no present tsunami warning, watch or advisory in effect for the area, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported. “Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide Tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii,” the PTWC said.
The same area in Japan was rocked by an earthquake four years ago near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which, as a result, experienced a release of radiation. However, Wednesday’s tremor did not disturb the plant, Reuters reported.
On Tuesday, Nepal suffered a second earthquake, of 7.3 magnitude, less than three weeks after the first devastated the nation. The death toll for the two quakes has climbed to 8,151.
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