03/13/2014 01:41 pm ET Updated Mar 13, 2014

Japan Earthquake: Magnitude 6.3 Quake Strikes Off Kyushu Island

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WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - A Magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off Japan's southern island of Kyushu near the city of Oita, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday.

It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.4, struck at 2:06 a.m. on Friday (1706 GMT on Thursday). It was 53.4 miles (83 km) deep and was centered 31 miles (50 km) northeast of Oita.

A 6.3 earthquake can cause severe damage, according to the USGS. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)