Earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.0 hits southern Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 hit near a string of islands in southern Japan on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The epicentre of the 20 km-deep quake was in the waters near the Tokara Islands in Kagoshima prefecture, JMA said, adding there was no danger of a tsunami. The tremor registered a 5-plus on Japan's 1-7 intensity scale in some areas.

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(Reporting by Kantaro Komiya; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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