A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northwestern coast but no tsunami warning was issued.
There are no immediate reports of damage. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the quake hit at a depth of 368 kilometres in the Sea of Japan. The Meteorological agency of Japan declared that there was no risk of tsunami following the quake.
Japan sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Ocean.
Japan is hit by earthquakes regularly and therefore has strict construction regulations so that buildings will be able to withstand strong tremors.