5.3-magnitude quake strikes off Japan’s east coast, no tsunami warning issued

TOKYO (Xinhua) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck off the east coast of Japan’s Chiba Prefecture, the weather agency said yesterday, although no tsunami warning has been issued.

There have been no reports of major damage or injuries as a result of the offshore quake.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor, which occurred at 12.42pm, was centred off the east coast of Chiba Prefecture, with its epicentre at a latitude of 35.0 degrees north and longitude at 141.1 degrees east.

The quake occurred at a depth of 40km, the weather agency said.

The earthquake logged two on Japan’s seismic scale, which peaks at seven, in coastal regions in Chiba and Shizuoka prefectures, the JMA said.

The weather agency also said the quake registered in the neighbouring prefectures of Saitama and Kanagawa, as well as the capital Tokyo.

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has not reported any abnormalities at nuclear facilities in the region, such as the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant in Shizuoka Prefecture or the Tkai Nuclear Power Plant in Ibaraki Prefecture.