06/22/2011 07:17 EDT | Updated 08/22/2011 05:12 EDT

Japan Earthquake Rattles Northeast, No Tsunami Expected

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- NEW YORK, N.Y. - A magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattled northeast Japan on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

It was the same area of the Pacific where a massive magnitude 9 quake hit on March 11, triggering a deadly tsunami. At least 23,000 people were killed or left missing in those disasters, which destroyed hundreds of homes, offices and factories in northeastern Japan.

Japan's Kyodo news agency reported that the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for Iwate Prefecture.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami warning centre said that it did not expect a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the quake that hit at 6:50 a.m. Thursday (2150 GMT Wednesday).

It was offshore from Honshu island, and was some 325 miles (524 kilometres) northeast of Tokyo, the USGS said. The quake was 19.9 miles (32 kilometres) deep.