Sunday, June 13, 2010

Strong 6.1-magnitude quake off Japan, no tsunami warning

Posted: 13 June 2010 1202 hrs

TOKYO - A strong quake with a magnitude of 6.1 hit off Japan's Honshu island Sunday, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued, seismologists said.

The quake struck at 12:33 pm (0333 GMT) at a depth of 40 kilometres (25 miles), some 100 kilometres from Fukushima prefecture north of Tokyo, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

There was no likelihood of a tsunami, the agency said.

There was no immediate report of damage or injuries, an official in Fukushima prefecture said.

The US Geological survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.1, while the Japanese agency said it measured 6.2.

The USGS had originally recorded the quake at 6.4.

- AFP /ls

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