Large quake hits Japan

18:12, Mar 13 2014

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck off Japan's southern island of Kyushu near the city of Oita, the US Geological Survey says.

It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.4, struck at 2.06am on Friday (6.06am NZT). It was 86km deep and was centred 50km northeast of Oita.

A 6.3 earthquake can cause severe damage, according to the USGS.

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Reuters