There was no tsunami warning and no immediate reports of major damage after an earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.2 jolted Tokyo and vicinity early Monday morning. The tremor was the biggest since the March 2011 disaster.
The epicenter was 160 km below the ocean just south of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The tremor, centered off the coast of Izu Oshima Island, hit at 5:18 a.m. and it had an intensity of lower 5 on the Japanese scale of 7.
At least one local train line was halted but TV broadcasts showed cars moving normally in the capital, Reuters reported.
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There were no reports of trouble at nuclear power plants in the vicinity, public broadcaster NHK said.
Seventeen people in prefectures including Tokyo and Kanagawa reported injuries, NHK said, citing local fire departments. Tokyo’s subway systems were briefly halted after the quake, while some other train services were delayed or canceled, according to Kyodo News.
It was the strongest felt in the Japanese capital since March 2011, when a magnitude-9 earthquake hit the country’s northeast, according to public broadcaster NHK. The record temblor left more than 18,500 people dead or missing and crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station, according to Bloomberg.
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