M6.0 earthquake hits northeastern Japan

Japan's Meteorological Agency says an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 has occurred in the northeastern prefecture of Iwate. There is no threat of tsunami.

The quake struck at around 4:24 a.m. on Tuesday. The agency says the focus was 71 kilometers deep in a northern area of Iwate Prefecture along the Pacific coast.

The quake registered an intensity of lower 5 on the Japanese seismic scale of zero to 7 in parts of Aomori and Iwate prefectures.

Jolts of an intensity of 4 were observed in Iwate, Aomori and Miyagi prefectures. Tremors of 1 through 3 were registered from northern through eastern Japan.