6.4 MAG QUAKE STRIKES OFF JAPAN
An earthquake at an estimated magnitude of 6.4 has struck off the coast of south east Japan. The quake was 39km (24 miles) deep and centred 116 km south southeast of Kagoshima. The earthquake struck at roughly 9.45pm (local time). Some sea level fluctuations were expected however damage from a tsunami was considered to be unlikely soon after the earthquake struck.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas. Japan accounts for about 20% of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.