Magnitude-6.7 quake strikes off coast of Japan: USGS

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 14 2020 01:11 AM

A strong but deep 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southwest Japan early Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage caused by the earthquake, the epicenter of which was 132 kilometres (82 miles) northwest of Naze, Japan.

The quake was relatively deep at 164 kilometres and struck at 12:51 am local time (1551 GMT Saturday), according to USGS.

Japan's Kyodo News agency reported that the earthquake was felt in Okinawa as well as the island of Kyushu.

Japan sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

In 2011, a devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck roughly 130 kilometres east of Miyagi prefecture, unleashing an enormous tsunami, triggering the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown and killing nearly 16,000 people.