6.3-magnitude quake strikes off S. Japanese island of Kyushu


A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck off the south coast of Japan, 13 kilometers north of the city Kunisaki-shi, located on the southern Kyushu Island, according to the US Geological Survey.

The epicenter fell at a depth of 82.9km, striking off the coast at the intersection between Kyushu, the main island of Honshu, and Shikoku, at 2:06 a.m. on Friday (1706 GMT on Thursday).

A 6.3 earthquake is capable of causing ‘serious damage’, according to the USGS, while earthquakes measuring between 6.0 and 6.9 on the Richter scale can be felt up to hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter.

The quake struck 36 km south-south-west of the city of Hikari, western Honshu, which has a population of over 50,000 people.

No reports of damage or casualties have immediately followed. The USGS has released a pager ‘green’ alert, meaning that “there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.”

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