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7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes South of Japan

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck south of Japan Saturday evening, local time. No tsunami was triggered, but the earthquake was felt in Tokyo.

The earthquake occurred at 8:23 p.m. Saturday JST, 7:23 a.m. EDT, about 874 km (543 miles) to the south of Tokyo, Japan, stated the USGS.

Despite occurred over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean, the depth of the earthquake was so great that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stated that there was no threat of a tsunami. The earthquake occurred at a depth of nearly 678 km (421 miles).

With that tsunami statement, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center listed the earthquake as having a magnitude of 8.5.

The earthquake was responsible for causing buildings to sway in Tokyo for nearly a minute, according to AFP news agency.