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5.9-magnitude quake felt in Tokyo, no tsunami warning

AFP  |  Tokyo 

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit this evening outside of Tokyo, swaying buildings in the capital, but no warning was issued.

The quake hit at 8:23 pm (1123 GMT), at a depth of 39 km, off the of Honshu, Japan, the US Geological Survey said.

Japan's meteorological agency said no warning was being issued.

There were no immediate reports of damage after the quake, a relatively rare strong tremor to hit the capital.

Residents in part of the Chiba region outside reported strong tremors, with some saying the shaking had knocked objects from shelves, but there were no immediate injuries reported.

said no abnormalities had been detected at nuclear facilities in the region.

A for airport outside the capital said the quake had forced a brief suspension of operations.

"We temporarily closed the runways but resumed operation after confirming there was no damage. The quake was fairly strong but there was no panic at the airport," he told AFP.

The quake comes several weeks after a deadly tremor rocked the region, killing five people and injuring over 350.

sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where many of the world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are recorded.

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0-magnitude quake struck under the Pacific Ocean, and the resulting caused widespread damage and claimed thousands of lives.

It also sent three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing Japan's worst postwar disaster and the most serious nuclear accident since in 1986.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 18:05 IST