Japan Meteorological Agency first recorded the magnitude as 6.1, with a first depth of 80 kilometers (50 miles). The earthquake has since updated to a magnitude of 5.9 with a depth of 62 kilometers (38.5 miles), according to the USGS.
The earthquake was strongly felt in Tokyo, according to CNN reporters based in the city.
“We have a safety alert app on our phones. It started to go off just before the trembling saying ‘there’s going to be an earthquake’. The shaking was really strong. Sounded and felt like the house would crumble,” said correspondent Blake Essig.
Photo frames, glasses and bowls fell off walls and shelves, he said. “Certainly the heart pounding.”
Another CNN correspondent in Tokyo Selina Wang said the continuous shaking had lasted for more than 30 seconds. An alarm in her building urged residents to remain calm and reminded them that the structure was earthquake-proof.
No tsunami warning has been issued.
Tokyo Electric Power Company said 250 households without power in Tokyo.
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