Magnitude 6.3 quake hits near Japanese city

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits near Japanese city

Two earthquakes measuring 5.6 and 6.3 on the Richter Scale hit off the coast of southern Japan on Friday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The 8:48 a.m. quake occurred in the sea off Miyazaki Prefecture at a depth of about 25 kilometers.

In neighboring Oita Prefecture, a 79-year-old man who was trimming trees when the quake struck was taken to a hospital after falling from a stepladder.

Japan's nuclear watchdog says power stations have not reported abnormalities following three earthquakes that struck the country's southwest this morning. The Time also reported that the nation's weather agency did not warn about any tsunami.

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Friday's quake briefly suspended shinkansen bullet train services on the island of Kyushu, causing delays of up to around 15 minutes, according to the operator.

The natural disaster caused disruptions and delays in local railway lines, according to rail operator JR Kyushu, while local agency Kyodo said there could be delays at Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima airports.

There were no reports of any casualties, injuries or damage to property.

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