Strong 6.5 earthquake hits off Japan



Associated Press

A strong earthquake has struck off Japan's east coast but caused no apparent damage.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said an undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 hit this morning at a depth of about 10 kilometres.

It did not issue a tsunami warning. 

The agency said there may be slight changes in coastal sea levels, but not enough to cause any damage.

The US Geological Survey, which measured the magnitude at 6.3, said the quake hit about 150 kilometres off the coast of Chiba prefecture, a suburb of Tokyo. 

The epicentre was about 230 kilometres southeast of the Japanese capital. 

It caused minor shaking in the Tokyo region, though many said they didn't feel it.

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