updated 10/23/2006 11:05:00 PM ET 2006-10-24T03:05:00

A strong earthquake rattled a group of Japanese islands in the Pacific Ocean southeast of Tokyo early Tuesday, Japan’s weather agency said. No tsunami warning was issued.

The magnitude 6.8-quake struck at about 6:18 a.m. and was centered in the Ogasawara island group, about 480 miles south of Tokyo, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.

The quake was extremely shallow, said agency official Toshiyuki Suzuki. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quake, he added.

Japan sits atop four tectonic plates and is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.

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