6.7 earthquake rattles Japan

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A MAGNITUDE-6.7 earthquake rattled north-east Japan this morning.

It was the same area of the Pacific where a massive magnitude 9 quake hit on 11 March, triggering a deadly tsunami. At least 23,000 people were killed or disappeared in those disasters, which destroyed hundreds of homes, offices and factories in north-eastern Japan.

Local media reported a tsunami warning had been issued, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the quake, which hit at 6:50am local time.

It was centred offshore from Honshu and 325 miles north-east of Tokyo, officials said.