The US Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 5.6 and was 12.1 kilometers deep. It was centered 243 kilometers east of Ofunato city, USGS said.
Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage.
Japan sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)