M5.9 earthquake hits northeastern Japan

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 has hit northeastern Japan. There is no threat of tsunami.

The quake occurred at around 2:46 a.m. on Wednesday.
It registered an intensity of five-plus on the Japanese intensity scale of zero to seven in Hashikami Town, Aomori Prefecture.

The Meteorological Agency says the quake's focus was off the coast of Iwate Prefecture at a depth of 56 kilometers.

Officials are calling for caution, saying more tremors could strike in the next week.