TOKYO: A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Japan on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but local authorities said there was no risk of a tsunami.

The quake struck at 12:18 a.m. local time at a depth of 404 kilometers, the USGS said.

“The epicenter is in the Pacific, hundreds of kilometers south of Tokyo. We see no risk of a tsunami,” a spokesman for the Japanese weather agency said. Fukushima operator Tepco reported there were no new problems at the stricken nuclear plant. The quake, measured at 6.9 by Japanese seismologists, was centered on a spot more than 600 kilometers south of Tokyo, the USGS said.


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