TOKYO: A strong but deep 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southwest Japan early on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage caused by the earthquake, whose epicentre was 132 kilometres (82 miles) northwest of Naze, Japan.

The quake was relatively deep at 164 kilometres and struck at 12:51 am local time (1551 GMT), according to USGS.

Japan’s Kyodo News agency reported that the earthquake was felt in Okinawa as well as the island of Kyushu.

Japan sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

Published in Dawn, June 14th, 2020