6.1 quake hits off Japan's Bonin Islands: USGS

6.1 quake hits off Japan's Bonin Islands: USGS

(Map: USGS)

TOKYO: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off Japan's Bonin Islands on Friday (Sep 8) but there was no tsunami risk, seismologists said.

The quake hit at a depth of 450 kilometres (280 miles) at 2.27am (17:27 GMT) 770 kilometres south of Shimoda, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake poses no tsunami risk.

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 triggered a massive and deadly tsunami, which smashed into a power station and sparked the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Tokyo Electric is working to clean up and dismantle the reactors in a process that is expected to take at least four decades.

Source: AFP/ec