Quakes shake Japan, preliminary magnitude of up to 5.9

Earthquakes with a preliminary magnitude of up to 5.9 struck Japanese islands including Kozushima on Sunday, according to the weather agency.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor, measuring 3 on Japan’s seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7, occurred at 5:12 p.m. local time (0812 GMT) at a depth of 10 km.

The temblor’s epicenter was located in the adjacent sea of Hachijojima Island at a latitude of 33.4 degrees north and a longitude of 139.3 degrees east.

As of 8:30 p.m. local time, multiple quakes were observed later in the day around the epicenter, including a 5.9-magnitude temblor which measured 2 on the intensity scale, JMA reports showed.

The JMA has warned the public to stay alert. It has not issued a tsunami warning. No injuries have been reported so far. ■

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