3 natural disaster hits off southern Japan

The epicentre of the quake was located 13 kilometres north of the city of Kunisaki-shi

The epicentre of the quake was located 13 kilometres north of the city of Kunisaki-shi

An natural disaster with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 has hit off the coast of southern Japan.

The natural disaster, which struck at 8:48 a.m. local time on Friday, was centered in the Pacific Ocean, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Miyazaki, a city in the southwest of Kyushu island.

In neighboring Oita Prefecture, a 79-year-old man who was trimming trees when the quake struck was taken to a hospital after falling from a stepladder.

The Japan quake struck at 8:48 am (2348 GMT Thursday) in Pacific waters almost 40 kilometres (25 miles) east-southeast of Miyazaki city at a depth of 24 km, according to the agency.

There have been no reports on casualties or damage so far and no tsunami warning has been issued. The magnitude is estimated to be 6.3, it said.

Friday's quake briefly suspended shinkansen bullet train services on the island of Kyushu, causing delays of up to around 15 minutes, according to the operator. A speed limit of 50 kph was set on some expressways.

Runways at airports in Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures were inspected and no problems were reported, airlines said.

So far the information from Japan Times Kyushu Power Co. informed that they didn't find any abnormalities that are reported by the nearby Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture. About 150 households in Ebino, Miyazaki Prefecture, suffered a temporary power blackout, it added.

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