Strong Earthquake Strikes Off Japan


A strong earthquake has struck off Japan’s Bonin Islands, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami. The quake shook buildings in Tokyo on Saturday, setting off car alarms as it rattled the Japanese capital. Read more as reported by Aljazeera:

Residential buildings swayed for around a minute as the quake built in intensity at around 8.30pm (1130 GMT).

Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the offshore earthquake struck Saturday at 8:24 p.m. at a depth of 590 kilometers (370 miles). The US Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometres.

Public broadcaster NHK said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The meteorological agency did not issue a tsunami warning because the quake struck so far beneath the earth’s surface. The Ogasawara islands are about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Tokyo.