Preliminary Magnitude 6.3 Quake Hits Near Southern Japan

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck near southern Japan Tuesday evening and had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3. (Credit: U.S.G.S.)

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck near southern Japan Tuesday evening and had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3. (Credit: U.S.G.S.)

A strong earthquake has hit near southern Japan, shaking buildings, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. No tsunami is expected.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck Tuesday evening and had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3. It said it was centered 16 kilometers (10 miles) off the city of Nishinoomote on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima prefecture at a depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles).

Japan’s meteorological agency said the quake caused moderately strong shaking in nearby areas.

Japan is one of the most earthquake- and tsunami-prone areas in the world.

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