A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the northeastern Japan at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2011, according to reports by international news sites.
The latest Japan earthquake struck the same area that was hit by a highly destructive shakeup last March 2011.
Japanese officials said that the Fukushima nuclear power plant was not affected by the latest quake.
The tsunami alert was already called off by the Japan Meteorological Agency before noon.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred about 18 km deep off the northeastern coast of Japan.