Published January 14, 2015
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has shaken the Japanese capital of Tokyo and surrounding areas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
There have been no immediate reports of damages or casualties from the temblor, which halted trains and rattled furniture and walls in Tokyo homes at 7:56 p.m. Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The agency says there is no danger of tsunami from the quake, which was centered in the Izu Islands, 192 miles south southwest of Tokyo.
A baseball game in Yokohama between the Yokohama Bay Stars and Chunichi Dragons was stopped temporarily by the umpire when the quake struck. Some high-speed bullet trains also were halted, but began running again after the shaking stopped, public broadcaster NHK said.
Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and experts believe Tokyo has a 90 percent chance of being hit by a major quake over the next 50 years.
In 1995, a magnitude-7.2 quake in the western port city of Kobe killed 6,400 people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.