The wave of the quake hit the northeast region of the country, which is 31 miles off the coast of Miyako, Iwate prefecture. However, tsunami alerts have not been issued around Fukushima nuclear plant which has experienced enough trouble since the first earthquake followed by tsunami that rattled the nation on Mar 11, 2011.
Local media reports that the latest tremor was felt at the wee hours of Thursday, though no major loss or destruction have been reported yet. Evacuation orders have been issued to some 8,000 households in Iwate by the local authorities.
It can be recollected that on Mar 11, Japan was struck by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in its north-eastern coast which subsequently triggered off an even more destructive tsunami that had left an estimated 24,000 dead.