Saturday, March 15, 2008

Moderate intensity earthquake strikes Japan

TOKYO: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck a remote island southeast of Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said on Saturday. There were no immediate reports of damage. The quake struck at 7:32 am on Saturday (2232 GMT Friday) near the remote island of Chichijima, about 970 kilometres (600 miles) southeast of Tokyo. The quake was very shallow, the agency said. The agency initially said the quake may trigger a very small, non-destructive tsunami, but no change in sea level had been observed three hours after the quake, agency official Ichiro Yoshioka said. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. About 2,000 people live on the island. Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries because it sits atop four tectonic plates.