Magnitude-7.3 quake rattles Japan
A magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck wide areas of northern and north-eastern Japan Tuesday, the Meteorological Agency said, DPA reported.
No immediate casualties or damage were reported and no tsunami warning was issued.
The quake occurred at 12:01 pm (0301 GMT) with its epicentre off Japan's northern island of Hokkaido at a depth of 590 kilometres, the agency said.
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9.0 quake and tsunami hit north-eastern Japan, leaving nearly 19,000 people dead or missing.