A strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit off the eastern coast of Japan on Sunday, rattling buildings across a broad swath of the country, including the crowded capital.
There were no reports of casualties, with only light damage to structures near the epicenter, according to local officials.
The quake hit at 5:08 p.m. and was felt most strongly in central Fukushima prefecture about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
“It was fairly strong, but didn’t knock over anything in the office,” said Ken Yoshida, a town official in Naraha, one of the hardest-hit areas. He said an earthen wall in town was partially toppled.
The earthquake was centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the eastern coast at a depth of about 25 miles (40 kilometers), the meteorological agency said.
Adam Lambert, from American Idol fame, is in Japan at the moment and has had this to say so far: “Greetings Tokyo! Let’s do some shopping!:) looking forward to meeting my Japanese fans!!”
He also tweeted about the earthquake, saying: “Hardly felt quake. Just Lil sway. 🙂 goodnight all!”
And all is well in the world.