Strong quake shakes south Japan; no tsunami alert

A strong earthquake shook southern Japan Wednesday.

Tokyo: A strong earthquake shook southern
Japan Wednesday, but authorities said no tsunami was expected and
there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Meteorological Agency said the quake registered a
preliminary magnitude of 6.1, while the US Geological Survey
measured it at 6.4.

It occurred off the coast of Minamidaito island, near
Okinawa, about 1,600 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. The
quake`s center was about 10 kilometers below the sea surface.

The Meteorological Agency did not issue a tsunami alert.
Police official Shimpachi Higashizato said there were no
immediate reports of injury or damage from the quake, which
struck at about 0553 pm, adding that he only felt minor
shaking at his office in Naha on the main Okinawa island,
about 230 miles (375 kilometers) west of the epicenter.

"I would think any damage from a quake this size is
unlikely," he said.

Japan is one of the world`s most earthquake-prone
countries. In 1995, a magnitude-7.2 quake in the western port
city of Kobe killed 6,400 people.


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