Earthquake hits Japan--By: Hannah Mikels
A strong earthquake preceded by a tremblor hit near islands in southwestern Japan Friday causing authorities to warn that the area could be hit by a small tsunami, according to wcco.com.
The tremblor, magnitude 6.2, and the larger quake, preliminary magnitude 6.7, both struck near the island of Miyakojima, part of the Ryukyu islands chain that stretches southwest toward Taiwan, according to wcco.com.
The Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory after the second and larger quake, saying that islands in the area could be hit by waves as high 18 inches, according to kare11.com.
Authorities are unsure if the second quake triggered the wave, according to kare11.com.
There were no immediate reports of injury or damage, and people living on the island were being warned to stay away from the coast, according to wcco.com.