6.5 quake hits eastern Japan, no risk of tsunami
TOKYO (AFP) - A strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit eastern Japan on Wednesday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), but local authorities said there was no risk of a tsunami.
The quake struck at 0018 GMT (8.18am on Wednesday, Singapore time) at a depth of 404 kilometres, the USGS said.
"The epicentre is in the Pacific, hundreds of kilometres south of Tokyo. We see no risk of a tsunami," a spokesman for the Japanese weather agency said.
Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) reported that there were no new problems at the stricken nuclear plant.