7.0-magnitude quake hits off southwestern Japan, small tsunami reported

Tokyo, Nov 14 (IANS) A 7.0-magnitude <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>earthquake struck off the coast of Kyushu in southwestern Japan on Saturday, triggering a minor tsunami in the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>southern part of Kagoshima prefecture, Xinhua reported.

The strong <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>earthquake jolted about 160 km southwest of Makurazaki, Kagoshima, at 5:51 a.m. local time (20:51 GMT on Friday) at a depth of about 10 km, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

A 30-cm tsunami was observed on the Nakanoshima Island about an hour after the quake. A tsunami warning issued after the quake was <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>lifted.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said no abnormalities were detected at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima.

The <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>earthquake was reported as 6.7 on the Richter scale by the US Geological Survey.

The JMA said that aftershocks with the seismic intensity of 3 on the JMA scale might happen in the following week.

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