5.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Tokyo

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

At 13.30 GMT, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake 800 km south of Tokyo according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The quake affected Oita, Kochi and Miyazaki prefectures without any reports of injuries or severe damage.

The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.

A previous earthquake in October of 2004 killed at least 40 people and injured 3,000 when a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook the region of Niigata in northern Japan and in 1995 a magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook Kobe, Japan and killed at least 6,400 people.