AN EARTHQUAKE has struck off the coast of Japan, sending out tremors felt by Olympians.

The magnitude-6 quake happened within the sea to the east of Tokyo at about 5.30am native time.


An earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan[/caption]

Athletes and journalists who’re within the metropolis for the video games reported feeling the aftershocks for as much as three minutes.

The quake happened at a depth of 30kilometres and had an epicenter round 40 kilometres (25 miles) from land.

CNN reporter Will Ripley tweeted: “Earthquake in Tokyo proper now. I’ve felt the shaking for about 30 seconds. Nonetheless going.”

One other journalist mentioned there was “minor shaking for about three minutes”.

In the meantime, Australian reporter Mark Beretta was reside on air for Dawn when the earthquake hit.

Standing on high of a broadcast tower exterior the Olympic stadium, he mentioned: “Welcome again to the Olympic metropolis the place we’re at the moment in an earthquake, an earth tremor.

“The roof above us is shifting and also you may discover our lights and digicam are shifting as properly.”

The earthquake happened at a depth of 30km some 40km off the coast of Japan

Australian reporter Mark Beretta was reside on air throughout the quake[/caption]

He added: “That was fairly an uncommon second, I’ve not been by means of an earthquake earlier than.”

Authorities have mentioned there is no such thing as a danger of a Tsunami or harm.

UN NERV, which shares catastrophe warnings for Japan, tweeted: “Earthquake Detailed Report – 8/4.

“At round 5:42am, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 occurred offshore Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth of 30km.”

It added: “The utmost depth was 2. There is no such thing as a risk of a tsunami.”

Japan is located on high of converging tectonic plates and Olympic host Tokyo is ready for quakes to hit.

The Ariake volleyball enviornment has big rubber cushions constructed into it to restrict earthquake harm.

The Olympic Village can also be sheltered, with a seawall constructed to cease tsunamis as tall as 6.5 ft.

In March this 12 months, a magnitude 7.2 quake struck close to the east coast of Honshu, inflicting buildings in Tokyo to shake and sparking a Tsunami warning.

However the harm was nothing like that prompted in 2011, when Japan recorded its strongest earthquake in historical past.

The magnitude blast happened 130 kilometers (81 miles) east of Sendai, the biggest metropolis within the Tohoku area, and triggered a tsunami.

It killed greater than 18,000 folks.