7.0 quake off Japan coast triggers minor tsunami

November 15, 2015
The Gulf Today

TOKYO: A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the south-western coast of Japan early on Saturday, authorities said, with a small tsunami observed on one island but no major damage reported.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) put the epicentre of the shallow quake about 160 kilometres (100 miles) from the town of Makurazaki in south-western Japan.

It was centred about 10 kilometres under the ocean floor and struck at 5:51am (20:51GMT on Friday), the USGS and Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.

The Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory as a result of the quake but cancelled it about 90 minutes later.

A tsunami measuring 30 centimetres (about one foot) in height was observed on the southern island of Nakanoshima, it said. No major damage from the quake or tsunami was reported, while a pair of nuclear reactors on the southern island of Kyushu were unaffected, its operator said.

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