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6.3 earthquake hits off southern Japan

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattled Japan's southern Bonin Islands on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, a day after a stronger quake jolted the region and sent residents scrambling to community centers.

No tsunami alert was issued Thursday, unlike the aftermath of the magnitude 7.4 quake a day earlier that triggered a brief alert.

There were no immediate reports of damage from the quake, which struck at 7:49 a.m. Thursday (2149 GMT Wednesday) about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of the Bonin Islands, and some 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) southeast of Tokyo, according to the USGS.

The quake was some 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) deep, the USGS said.

Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. In 1995, a magnitude-7.2 quake in the western port city of Kobe killed 6,400 people.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

NEW YORK (AP) — A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattled Japan's southern Bonin Islands on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, a day after a stronger quake jolted the region and sent residents scrambling to community centers.

No tsunami alert was issued Thursday, unlike the quake a day earlier that triggered a brief alert.

There were no immediate reports of damage from the quake, which struck at 7:49 a.m. Thursday (2149 GMT Wednesday) about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of the Bonin Islands, and some 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) southeast of Tokyo, according to the USGS.

The quake was some 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) deep, the USGS said.

Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. In 1995, a magnitude-7.2 quake in the western port city of Kobe killed 6,400 people.

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