New York: A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit off the east coast of Japan on Monday morning, triggering a local tsunami warning which was later lifted.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but the Japan Meteorological Agency announced that a tsunami of up to 1.6 feet may wash into Miyagi Prefecture.

The alert was prompted by a quake that the US Geological Survey measured on Monday at Japan time (2223 GMT Sunday) near the east coast of Honshu.

A magnitude-9 quake off Japan's northeast coast on March 11 triggered a tsunami that barreled onshore, triggering a humanitarian disaster that is thought to have killed about 18,000 people.

(Agencies)