5.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan's Miyagi Prefecture
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor occurred at 6:32 a.m. local time, at a latitude of 38.9 degrees north and a longitude of 142.1 degrees east.
The offshore quake originated at a depth of 50 km, the JMA also said. The quake measured 4 on Japan's seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7 in parts of Miyagi Prefecture and registered 3 on the scale in neighboring Iwate Prefecture, according to the JMA.
The JMA, however, has not issued a tsunami warning as a result of the moderately powerful temblor.
There have been no reports, as yet, by local officials, of injury or damage to persons or property as a result of the quake.
No abnormalities have been reported at nuclear power plants in the region, including at the crippled Daiichi nuclear facility in nearby Fukushima Prefecture, in northeast Japan. ■