Strong Earthquake Strikes Near Japan

A strong earthquake hit off the coast of Japan today.

At 12:45 p.m. ET, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 6.8 occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was about 55 miles (90 km) east-southeast of Mito, Honshu

Depending on location, depth and other geologic factors, quakes of this magnitude can cause significant damage. However, no reports of damage or casualties have been received, a USGS statement said.

Further, no tsunami was expected along the U.S. West Coast, according to a statement from the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

The temblor was about 100 miles (161 km) east-northeast of Tokyo.

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