Powerful but extremely deep earthquake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning issued

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A large screen displays an earthquake alert to soccer fans as a strong earthquake jolts Shonan BMW Stadium where a J-League soccer match between the Shonan Bellmare and the Sanfrecce Hiroshima is being held in Hiratsuka, southwest of Tokyo Saturday, May 30, 2015. A powerful and extremely deep earthquake struck a group of remote Japanese islands and shook Tokyo on Saturday, but officials said there was no danger of a tsunami, and no injuries or damage were immediately reported. (Yohei Nishimura/Kyodo News via AP)


Japanese soccer fans react to a strong earthquake as they watch a J-League soccer match between the Shonan Bellmare and the Sanfrecce Hiroshima at BMW Stadium in Hiratsuka, southwest of Tokyo Saturday, May 30, 2015. A powerful and extremely deep earthquake struck a group of remote Japanese islands and shook Tokyo on Saturday, but officials said there was no danger of a tsunami, and no injuries or damage were immediately reported. (Munehide Someya/Kyodo News via AP)


TOKYO — A powerful and extremely deep earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook Tokyo on Saturday, but officials said there was no danger of a tsunami, and no injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The magnitude-8.5 offshore earthquake struck off the Ogasawara islands at 8:24 p.m. at a depth of 590 kilometers (370 miles), Japan's Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometers (421 miles).

Public broadcaster NHK said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

But the temblor was powerful enough to rattle large parts of Japan's main island of Honshu. Buildings swayed in Tokyo — about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of the Ogasawara islands — and stopped some train services in the city. There were reports that parts of the capital were without power.

The meteorological agency did not issue a tsunami warning because the quake struck so far beneath the earth's surface. Deep offshore earthquakes usually do not cause tsunamis, and generally cause less damage than shallow ones.

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