An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 hit northern Japan on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan today but there was no tsunami warning, Japanese authorities said.
The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometres in Akita prefecture at 10:23 pm, Japan’s meteorological agency said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, according to public broadcaster NHK. The Japan Meteorological Agency did not issue a tsunami warning.
No abnormality was reported at nuclear power facilities in the region, NHK said.
Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year. But rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage. A massive undersea quake that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into Japan’s northeast coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.