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6.8 Magnitude Quake in Japan Prompts Tsunami Advisories

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit northeast Japan on Wednesday, triggering the Japan Meteorological Agency to issue a wide-scale tsunami advisory for the same area that was devastated by last year’s 9.0 quake and tsunami.

The advisory was in effect for the Iwate prefecture, which includes the cities of Rikuzentakata and Kamaishi, and was later expanded to also include the eastern coast of Hokkaido, the country’s northernmost island.

Hours later, Tokyo shuddered from the rippling effects of another quake -- this time a 6.1-magnitude -- that local broadcaster NHK reported was off the coast of Chiba.  The second quake did not trigger a tsunami warning.

Although no major waves were reported, the tremors rattled plenty of nerves and prompted evacuations in seven cities rebuilding from the devastating March 11, 2011 tsunami, according to NHK.

So far, there have not been any reports of damages or injuries.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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