7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 struck 117 miles of west, northwest of Chichi-shima, Japan on Saturday, May 30, 2015. (U.S. Geological Survey).

A powerful and extremely deep earthquake struck near a group of remote Japanese islands and shook Tokyo on Saturday.┬áThe offshore earthquake struck off the Ogasawara islands at 8:24 p.m. at a depth of 590 kilometers (370 miles), Japan’s Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometers (421 miles).

The temblor was powerful enough to rattle large parts of Japan’s main island of Honshu. Buildings swayed in Tokyo – about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of the islands – and stopped some train services in the city.

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