Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Japan's Honshu island: USGS

Workers wearing radiation protective gear stand on a water tank storing radiation contaminated water at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture on Nov 12, 2014. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s H
Workers wearing radiation protective gear stand on a water tank storing radiation contaminated water at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture on Nov 12, 2014. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s Honshu island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, shaking Fukushima where the crippled nuclear power plants are located, but local media said there was no tsunami warning. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (REUTERS) -  A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s Honshu island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, shaking Fukushima where crippled nuclear power plants are located, but local media said there was no tsunami warning.  

USGS said the quake’s epicentre was located 68 kms east-northeast of Iwaki on Honshu. It was measured at a depth of 37 kms.

A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power, which owns the nuclear plants, said no irregularities have been found at its Fukushkma Daiichi or Daini plants.  The national broadcaster NHK said there was no tsunami warning, and there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage.  

The quake also jolted Fukushima’s neighbouring areas on Japan’s pacific coast.