Strong earthquake hits off Japan

August 17th, 2009 - 5:52 pm ICT by admin  

TOKYO (BNO NEWS) – A strong earthquake struck off Japan’s Southwestern Ryukyu Islands on Monday evening, according to officials.

The earthquake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, struck about 69 miles south-southwest of Ishigaki-jima on the Ryukyu Islands. It happened around 7.11 p.m. local time (10.11 a.m. UTC). The earthquake’s epicenter was located about 5 to 20 miles deep, making it a shallow earthquake. Although shallow earthquakes often tend to cause more damage, the Japan Meteorological Agency said no populated areas experienced strong shaking.

The country’s meteorological agency immediately issued a tsunami advisory for coastal areas of the island. A small tsunami could be observed along the coastlines, but no destructive waves are expected.

The United States Geological Survey put the earthquake’s magnitude at 6.4.

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