A 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Just Off the Coast of Japan

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Saturday off the coast of southwest Japan, triggering a small tsunami. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake struck at 5:51 a.m. (20:51 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles) about 190 kilometres southwest of Kagoshima city, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

A 30-centimter (one foot) tsunami was recorded at 6:45 a.m. on Nakanoshima, a small island to the south of Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island.

A tsunami advisory for Kagoshima prefecture and a string of small islands was lifted at 7:20 a.m. local time.