Magnitude 5.5 quake hits eastern Japan, no immediate damage

Published: June 24, 2019 14:51:32 | Updated: June 25, 2019 12:22:58

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit eastern Japan on Monday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The epicentre of the earthquake was off the coast of Chiba prefecture, adjacent to Tokyo, the agency said, adding that a tsunami warning had not been issued.

The quake, which hit at 9:16am (0016 GMT), had a maximum intensity of 4 on Japan’s 1-7 scale, including in parts of central Tokyo.

There were no immediate reports of damage, according to a Reuters report.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas. Japan accounts for about 20 per cent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

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