A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Mie prefecture in southern Japan.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warnings are in effect. The quake hit at 11:39 am (0239 GMT) off the coast of Japan’s main Honshu island, at a location about 350 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, USGS and the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The quake was measured at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres.
No damage or injuries were immediately reported though bullet trains were temporarily halted. Japan sits at the Pacific ring of fire of four tectonic plates .
A massive quake that hit in March 2011 triggered Tsunami, leaving 18,500 people dead or missing, and sending several reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant in the worst atomic tragedy.