TOKYO, Japan, March 27 (NNN-AGENCIES) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4, struck off Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture, on the south-east coast of Kyushu Island, on Wednesday (today), the Japanese weather agency said.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor, which occurred at 9:11 a.m. local time, was centred in the Hyuga-nada Sea, which is part of the Pacific Ocean, that lies off the eastern shore of Kyushu Island, to the south-west of the island of Honshu, off the south coast of Japan.
The JMA did not issue a tsunami warning following the offshore quake.
The quake’s epicentre, specifically, was located at latitude 32.2 degrees north and longitude 132.2 degrees east, and occurred at a depth described by the JMA as “very shallow.”
The earthquake logged 3 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale, which peaks at 7 in some areas of Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, the JMA said.
There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries as a result of the quake.
Japan’s nuclear watchdog has not issued any warnings about irregularities or abnormalities at nuclear power plants, located in regions affected by the quake.– NNN-AGENCIES