Asia Japan lifts tsunami advisory after earthquake off south

Japan lifts tsunami advisory after earthquake off south

japanquake (AA) — A magnitude-6.8 hit remote islands off Japan’s southern coast Monday, causing the country’s weather agency to briefly issue a tsunami advisory to Miyako island.

The earthquake occurred in waters off Yonaguni island, part of the Yaeyama island group of Okinawa prefecture at around 10.43 a.m. (0443GMT) Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced.

There were no reports of damage or casualties, according to Kyodo news, which cited the weather agency as saying that on the country’s seismic scale of 7, the tremors registered 4 on Yonaguni and 3 on neighboring Iriomote island.

Japan is one of the world’s most seismically active areas. It accounts for around 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

The country’s coastal areas of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were devastated in the wake of a March 2011 quake. An ensuing massive tsunami killed more than 18,000 people and triggered a nuclear disaster.

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