Magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattles northeast Japan

A magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattled northeast Japan on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Japan Meteorological Agency cancels the tsunami warning

Japanese refugees rest inside their cardboard walled living spaces at a refugee center set up inside an arena in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan in this photo from May 2011. The latest earthquake hit the Iwate prefecture, also in northeastern Japan. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press)

A magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattled northeast Japan early Thursday in the same area where a massive quake triggered a deadly tsunami in March, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for the region after the quake, but cancelled it about an hour later.

The temblor struck the region of the Pacific where a magnitude-9.0 quake hit on March 11, triggering a huge tsunami. At least 23,000 people were killed or left missing in those disasters, which destroyed hundreds of homes, offices and factories in northeastern Japan.

Thursday's quake hit about 47 kilometres off the shore of Iwate prefecture at 6:51 a.m. (2151 GMT Wednesday), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Much of the coast in the area is still heavily damaged from March's disasters.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami warning centre said it did not expect a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami.

It was offshore from Honshu island, and was some 524 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, the USGS said. The quake was 32 kilometers deep.