Quake strikes off north-east Japan, no tsunami warning: USGS

The epicentre of the quake was 59km below the surface, the USGS said.
The epicentre of the quake was 59km below the surface, the USGS said.PHOTO: USGS

TOKYO (REUTERS) - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Hokkaido early on Sunday morning local time, according to the US Geological Survey.

The epicentre of the quake was 59km below the surface, the USGS said, in the sea off the coastal city of Nemuro on the far eastern tip of the northern island of Hokkaido.

Neither the USGS-linked Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre nor the Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake.