Earthquake strikes off Japan's Kyushu island

2014-03-13 22:18
Kuo Kai-wen, director of Seismology Center, speaks to the press at the central Weather Bureau in Taipei. (Sam Yeh, AFP)

Kuo Kai-wen, director of Seismology Center, speaks to the press at the central Weather Bureau in Taipei. (Sam Yeh, AFP)

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Washington - A Magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off Japan's southern island of Kyushu near the city of Oita, the US Geological Survey said on Thursday.

It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.4, struck at 02:06 on Friday (17:06 GMT on Thursday). It was 83 km deep and was centred 50km northeast of Oita.

A 6.3 earthquake can cause severe damage, according to the USGS.

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