6.1 Quake Hits Japan No Tsunami

TOKYO, March 19 (Xinhua) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted northeastern Japan on Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the 18:56 p.m.(0956 GMT) quake. No tsunami warning was issued.

The focus of the quake was in the northern parts of Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth of about 20 kilometers, the agency said.

The tremor was widely felt in the surrounding prefectures. The building of Xinhua’s office in downtown Tokyo swayed for several seconds.