Earthquakes hit near Japan, Andaman Islands
Published Monday, August 10, 2009 10:21PM EDT
The Japan Meteorological Agency says a 6.6-magnitude earthquake has struck near the south coast of Honshu, Japan, just 12 minutes after a 7.6 tremor hit near India's Andaman Islands.
The quake near Japan hit just after 4 p.m. ET, about 31 kilometres from land. The epicentre was 170 km from Tokyo.
While the quake rattled windows in Tokyo, there were no immediate reports of damage.
Japan's Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for southwest of Tokyo, which has now ended. The Central Japan Railway Co. shut down its Shinkansen bullet trains as a precaution.
The quake had a depth of about 26 km. Public broadcaster NHK said 30-centimetre waves were seen along the coastline of Yaizu City.
There have been no reports of injuries or any damage to buildings.
About 12 minutes earlier, the 7.6 quake hit north of the Andaman Islands, south of Myanmar, triggering a tsunami alert for India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
That tsunami alert has also been lifted.
The quake's epicentre was about 260 km north of Port Blair, the Andaman capital. It had a depth of 33 km.
The quake was nowhere near as powerful as the devastating tremors that struck in the same region in 2004, causing the tsunamis that killed more than 190,000 people.
Those quakes were between 9.2 and 9.3.
With files from The Associated Press