A magnitude 6.7 earthquake that rattled north east Japan triggered a tsunami warning.
It was the same area of the Pacific where a massive magnitude 9 quake hit on 11 March, heralding the deadly tsunami. At least 23,000 people were killed or left missing in those disasters, which destroyed hundreds of Japanese homes, offices and factories.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for Iwate Prefecture after last night’s quake, but cancelled it about an hour later.
The US Pacific Tsunami warning centre said that it did not expect a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the quake that hit at 6.50am local time Thursday (10.50pm BST Wednesday).
It was offshore from Honshu island, and some 523km north east of Tokyo, the US Geological Survey said. The quake was 32km deep.