Japan earthquake: Large 6.4-magnitude tremor strikes off south east coast

A large 6.4-magnitude tremor has struck off the coast of Japan today. 

The earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.4 has struck off the coast of south east Japan.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake to have hit southeast of Kagoshima today. 

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The quake was 24 miles (39km) deep and centred 116 km off Kagoshima Island.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas. 

The quake was 39km deep and centred 116km south-south-east of off Kagoshima Island (pictured) today

The quake was 39km deep and centred 116km south-south-east of off Kagoshima Island (pictured) today

The quake was 39km deep and centred 116km south-south-east of off Kagoshima Island (pictured) today

According to the USGS, the epicentre was 49 miles from Ibusuki and 55 miles from Kanoya.

In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centred nearby.

Japan accounts for about 20 per cent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

In Kumamoto Prefecture on January 3, around 107 miles (172.8 km) away from Kagoshima, a 5.0 magnitude struck.

Kagoshima is a seaside city on Japan’s Kyushu Island and is the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. 

The earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.4 struck Kagoshima off the coast of south east Japan today

The earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.4 struck Kagoshima off the coast of south east Japan today

The earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.4 struck Kagoshima off the coast of south east Japan today

The city best known for Sakurajima – an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay.

The island is also famous for being home to Shinmoedake volcano, which featured in James Bond film, You Only Live Twice, starring Sean Connery.

On the southernmost island of Kyushu, began erupting in March last year, causing 65 flights to be cancelled. 

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