Quake near Japan's Fukushima plant

6:48am February 8, 2014
Incredible amateur footage of a tsunami wave crashing into the coast off Sendai.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan's Fukushima prefecture, the United States Geological Survey says.

The moderate quake hit 34 kilometres east of coastal Namie city in Fukushima prefecture, where a devastating quake-tsunami in March 2011 sparked a nuclear disaster and caused massive damage.

Saturday's earthquake occurred at 2.18am local time (6.18am AEDT) off the east coast of Japan's main Honshu island, at a depth of 63 kilometres, US geologists said in a preliminary report.

No tsunami warning was issued after the tremor, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, according to Kyodo news agency.

A dog rescued at sea three weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan in 2011 barked ecstatically as it was reunited with its owner.
© AFP 2014
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