A magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck wide areas of northern Japan Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property. While saying there was no threat of a destructive tsunami, Japan’s authorities have asked people to move away from the coastline. National broadcaster NHK said some “changes in sea level” were possible.
The epicentre of the 12:25 pm (0325 GMT) quake was off the coast of Urakawa town on the northern island of Hokkaido, at a depth of 50 kilometres, the agency said.
On the Japanese seismic scale of 7, the temblor registered a lower 5, with the tremor felt across the entire Hokkaido region and northern parts of Japan.
On Monday, the northeast of Japan was also struck by an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 although no tsunami warning was issued. Meteorologists have noticed an increase of seismic activity in the north of Japan of late.