17 Aug 2009

Strong quake jolts parts of Asia

3:05 pm on 17 August 2009

A strong earthquake has jolted the ocean floor off southern Japan, triggering a brief tsunami warning for a cluster of tropical islands and shaking buildings in nearby Taiwan.

The 6.7-magnitude quake struck about midday, 115km southwest of Ishigaki-jima island in Japan's far south at a depth of 10km.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage in Japan or Taiwan from the quake.