TOKYO:  Briefly prompting a warning for a 1-metre tsunami for the Okinawa island chain, official monitoring sites informed of a strong earthquake distressing Taiwan and small islands in the far south of Japan on Monday.

While there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in either country following the quake that shook the office building in Taipei, Taiwanese capital, a strict tsunami warning has been issued to the people by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The agency has issued a warning for a 1-metre tsunami in small islands that are a part of Okinawa, including Miyakojima, popular with tourists for diving. 

There was no warning issued for the main Okinawa Island which hosts the US military bases but has now been raised.

It said a very shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 had hit near Okinawa at 10:43 (9.43 PM EDT).
Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau put the epicenter of the quake about 75 km (45 miles) off Taiwan’s eastern coast at a depth of about 17 km (10 miles).

The US Geological Survey traced a single quake, measuring 6.6, hitting 72 km southeast of Su-ao in Taiwan at a depth of about 30 km (20 miles). However, there are often small differences in quake details shared by different agencies.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on the other hand said that there was no danger of a tsunami after the quake.

(With Agency Inputs)

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