The northern part of Japan was hit by a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 on October 2, 2012. But so far there are no reports of major damage. US seismologists reported that no tsunami alert has been issued so far.

According to the US Geological survey (USGS), the earthquake hit at 7:21 am, in waters 96 kms east of Miyako, on the main island of Honshu. 30 minutes later another quake of 5.1 magnitude hit 107 kilometers east of Miyako. The USGS survey said that the second quake had hit at a depth of 37.9 kilometers. The March 2011 tsunami and earthquake had caused major damage in the same areas earlier.