6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan’s coast, impacts Japanese islands

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A staff member of the Seismology Center points at a graphic showing the earthquake at the central Weather Bureau in Taipei on April 20, 2015. One man died and another was hospitalized in a fire caused by a powerful quake off Taiwan that also set buildings shaking in the capital Taipei and sparked a short-lived tsunami warning in far southwestern Japan. AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh A staff member of the Seismology Center points at a graphic showing the earthquake at the central Weather Bureau in Taipei on April 20, 2015. One man died and another was hospitalized in a fire caused by a powerful quake off Taiwan that also set buildings shaking in the capital Taipei and sparked a short-lived tsunami warning in far southwestern Japan. AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh

Southern parts of Japan’s Okinawa island prefecture were affected by a strong quake that hit off Taiwan Monday morning.

The quake was measured at 6.4 magnitude by the China Earthquake Networks Center. The epicenter was located off the east coast of Hualien in Taiwan.

The Japan Meteorological Agency measured the quake at 6.8 magnitude and issued tsunami warnings around Okinawa’s Miyako and Ishigaki islands.

The Japanese agency said that estimated 1-meter (3.2 feet) high tsunami would affect areas around Japan the islands at around 11:30 a.m. local time.

Report by Xinhua News.