Strong earthquake hits north Japan; no danger of tsunami

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the 6.4 magnitude quake struck the island of Hokkaido late Saturday.

TOKYO — A strong earthquake has struck Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, but authorities say there is no danger of a tsunami, and there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and hit at 11:17 p.m. Saturday in the Tokachi region in southern Hokkaido at a depth of 75 miles.

The agency said there is no danger of a tsunami from the quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake's magnitude was 6.9.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK said nearby nuclear power plants, including Tomari and Higashidori, which are currently idled for safety inspections, have reported no abnormalities.


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