TOKYO: An earthquake measuring lower than 5 on the Japanese scale surprised Saturday evening goers in Tokyo as high floors in building swayed for more than 20 seconds, but no signs of damage was reported.
Japan’s metrological agency said that the epicenter of the 7:06 pm quake is off the coast of Ibaraki prefecture at the depth of 40 km underground, and its magnitude is estimated to be 5.8 Shindo.
The jolt was at 3 Shindo in Tokyo and 4 to 1 Shindo in surrounding prefectures. In Fukushima city, the earthquake was rather relatively high at 4 Shindo.
The Tokaimura nuclear power plant in Ibaraki suspended its operations to check for any possible damage.
The agency said no tsunami warning will be issued. The Tohoko fast train, Shinkansen, suspended its services temporarily, according to local reports.