TOKYO, February 17. /TASS/. An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 has struck the north-eastern coast of Japan today, Japan Meteorological Agency said on Tuesday. It was the second earthquake in the region over the last 24 hours.
Tohoku Electric Company, which operates nuclear power plants (NPP) in this part of the country, said there were no emergencies on NPPs as a result of an earthquake.
The epicenter of the earthquake was on the depth of 50 kilometers in the sea not far from the Iwate prefecture. The tsunami alert was not declared.
Underground tremors were felt in 11 prefectures on Honshu Island and on Hokkaido Island. No casualties or destruction were reported.
Earlier today, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 struck the north-eastern coast of Japan, triggering small waves of 20 centimeters that reached the Japanese coast twice.