09 Apr '11, 2pm

Moderate 6.1 quake hits south-west Japan, no casualties or damages reported yet.

A moderate earthquake hit off south-west Japan late on Saturday but there no immediate reports of casualties or damage. TOKYO - A MODERATE earthquake hit off south-west Japan late on Saturday but there no immediate reports of casualties or damage, seismologists said. The tremor hit off southwestern Tanegashima island 1,000km south-west of Tokyo at 9.58 pm (8.58pm Singapore time). The US Geological Survey measured the tremor at 6.1 magnitude with a depth of 21km while the Japan Meteorological Agency put it at 5.7 and a shallower 10km. A massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake and following tsunami devastated northeast Japan on March 11, with nearly 28,000 people dead or missing. A number of strong aftershocks have shaken the country. A magnitude 7.1 tremor hit the region late on Thursday. -- AFP

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