A strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit eastern Japan on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but local authorities said there was no risk of a tsunami.
The quake, measured at 6.9 by Japanese seismologists, was centered on a spot more than 600 kilometers south of Tokyo, the USGS said.
The quake struck at 9:18 a.m. at a depth of 404 kilometers, the USGS said. It was felt in Miyagi, Fukushima, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, as well as in Tokyo where it registered a 3.
A spokesman for the Japan Meteorological Agency said there was no risk of a tsunami.
Fukushima nuclear plant operator TEPCO reported there were no new problems at the stricken nuclear plant.
"We have confirmed that there was no immediate abnormality," according to data collected by monitoring equipment, a TEPCO spokesman said, adding that crews will patrol the crippled plant's vast campus to survey whether any physical damage has been caused.© (C) 2013 AFP