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Japan earthquake: No major damage from tremblors

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of northeastern Japan temporarily triggered a tsunami warning.

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A family pay their respects to victims of the last year's tsunami at a memorial, on March 11, 2012 near Ishinomaki, Japan. There was a 6.8-magnitude earthquake three days later off the coast of northeastern Japan, on March 14, 2012. No major damage was reported and a tsunami advisory was withdrawn shortly after being issued. (Daniel Berehulak/AFP/Getty Images)

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Wednesday, though no major damage was reported, according to CNN.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a brief tsunami advisory for a half-meter wave, which was called off a short while after the agency issued it. The quake hit 170 miles off the east coast of Japan. According to CNN, the police said there were no reports of damage.

The earthquake happened just three days after the first anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which left 19,000 people dead or missing and triggered a nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

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NPR reported that there was another earthquake of 6.1-magnitude near Tokyo, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.

Reuters confirmed the earthquake near Tokyo, and said there were no tsunami warnings, reports of damage or trouble at the nuclear plants.

According to reports from local media, high-speed bullet trains going to northern Japan were halted and the runways at Narita International Airport were closed after the quake but quickly reopened.

The Associated Press said the quake was just off the coast of Chiba, just 6 miles below the surface of the water.

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