6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off south Japan

6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off south Japan
The quake was 39km deep and centred 116km south-south-east of Kagoshima.
PHOTO: USGS

TOKYO - A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off south Japan on Tuesday (Jan 8), the US Geological Survey said.

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There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The quake was 39km deep and centred 116km south-south-east of Kagoshima.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas.

Japan accounts for about 20 per cent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

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