A strong earthquake hit northern Japan Monday, weeks after another devastating tremblor rocked the area.

Preliminary reports said the new quake was centered in the eastern Kanto region.

The quake - measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale - could be felt 200 kilometers away in Tokyo.

Eight people were injured and a high-speed bullet train in the province was halted as a precaution. Authorities said there was no danger of a tsunami.

Northern Japan has been hit with a series of aftershocks since an earthquake measuring 6.8, hit Niigata Prefecture on October 23. It killed 39 people and left more than 2,000 injured.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.