The quake struck 682 km off Japan’s island of Kyushu at a depth of 10 km, the agency said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

This is happening three months after another earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 hit the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, though no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The quake was centered just offshore from the city of Kagoshima, NHK public television said.

There were no irregularities at the nearby Sendai nuclear plant, where two reactors are in operation, Kyushu Electric Power Co said.

Japan is one of the world’s most seismically active areas, accounting for about a fifth of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

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