A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the eastern coast of Japan’s Aomori prefecture on Thursday, according to the weather agency.

No tsunami alert has been issued yet.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor struck at 8.46 am and was centred off the coast of Aomori, with its epicentre located at a latitude of 41.0 degrees north and longitude of 143.1 degrees east, Xinhua news agency reported.

The quake occurred at a depth of 10 km, it added.

There have been no reports of major damage or injuries as a result of the offshore quake.

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has not reported any abnormalities at any nuclear power stations in the affected regions.

Earlier in June, at least 16 people were dead after a strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, that issued a tsunami advisory later.