Strong quake hits northern Japan; no tsunami

TOKYO (AP) - 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 says the quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and hit at 11.17 pm local time on Saturday in the Tokachi region in southern Hokkaido, at a depth of 120 kilometre.

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

The US Geological Survey, however, says the quake's magnitude was 6.9.

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