Earthquake Strikes Off Japanese Coast, Tsunami Warning Canceled

By Spinks Megginson

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed a magnitude 6.5 earthquake occurred around 3:51PM EST with the epicenter situated approximately 110 miles west of Makurazaki, Japan. The city of Makurazaki is located in far southern Japan, well southwest of Tokyo.

Tsunami advisories were in effect for much of southern Japan for approximately 3 hours, but have since been cancelled. A major tsunami event is no longer expected due to this earthquake.

Damage reports have been sparse so far via social media. The quake happened at 5:51AM local time in Japan.

Several early reports indicated the quake was likely a 7.0 tremor, but the USGS has since revised the rating to 6.5.

Japan is no stranger to earthquake or tsunami activity. The island nation sits on the western flank of the “Rim of Fire” zone where volcanic and earthquake activity are more common than in other parts of the world.

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