A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 has hit the Tokyo area. No damage was immediately reported and there was no danger of a tsunami.
The capital felt minor shaking for a few seconds when the quake hit at 9.01 p.m. (5.31 p.m. IST) on Friday. The epicentre was about 70 km north of Tokyo in southern Ibaraki prefecture. It was about 60 km underground.
A magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11 devastated Japan’s northeast coast. Nearly 23,000 people are dead or missing in the disaster that also crippled a nuclear power plant.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday’s quake was felt at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant but caused no further damage to it.