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Powerful quake strikes off coast

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2015 | 5:09 PM

JAPAN

TOKYO (AP) -- A powerful earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country yesterday evening, but it occurred well beneath the earth's surface and did not trigger a tsunami warning.

Several people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and there were no reports of deaths or major damage.

The magnitude-8.5 offshore quake struck off the Ogasawara islands at a depth of 590 kilometres (370 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometres (421 miles).

The temblor was powerful enough to rattle most of Japan, from the southern islands of Okinawa to Hokkaido in the north. It caused buildings to sway in Tokyo -- about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) north of the Ogasawara islands -- and temporarily disrupted some train services in the city.

About 400 houses in Saitama prefecture, just north of the capital, were without power.