Strong quake hits southern Japan

Kuo Kai-wen, Head of Taiwan's Seismology Centre, pointing at seismic graphs after the earthquake. (AFP)

A strong earthquake struck under the seas off Japan's southern islands and neighbouring Taiwan, seismologists said, but there were no reports of casualties or damage.

Japan initially issued a warning of a small tsunami after the quake – which the Japan Meteorological Agency calculated had a magnitude at 6.6 – but this was later cancelled.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 6.4 while the Taiwanese Seismology Centre estimated it at 6.3.

It struck at 0610GMT at a depth of more than 16km below the sea floor, 115km south of Japan's Ishigaki island.

 

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