M5.5 earthquake hits southwestern Japan

The Meteorological Agency says an earthquake with a magnitude estimated at 5.5 has hit southwestern Japan. There is no threat of tsunami.

The quake occurred at around 5:13 p.m. on Wednesday. Based on the Japanese intensity scale from zero to seven, it registered an intensity of four in Nichinan and Kushima cities of Miyazaki Prefecture. In the neighboring prefecture of Kagoshima, the cities of Soo, Kirishima, Shibushi, and the towns of Osaki, Kinko, Minamiosumi, Kimotsuki also registered an intensity of four.

The agency says the quake's epicenter is off the eastern coast of Osumi Peninsula and the focus is at a depth of 40 kilometers.