Volcanic Japanese island hit by series of quakes


TOKYO — A strong earthquake and about 20 smaller temblors have struck a small volcanic island south of Tokyo, but there is no danger of a tsunami and no injuries have been reported.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a magnitude-6.2 quake hit just off Miyake island late today at a depth of 12 miles. About 20 smaller temblors have also been recorded in the area since the morning.

The agency says it has detected no significant elevation in the island’s volcanic activity and that there is no danger of a tsunami.

The volcano, located 110 miles south of Tokyo, most recently erupted in 2000, forcing all 3,000 of the island’s residents to evacuate.