WASHINGTON A Magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off Japan's southern island of Kyushu near the city of Oita, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday.
It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.4, struck at 2:06 a.m. on Friday (1706 GMT on Thursday). It was 53.4 miles deep and was centered 31 miles northeast of Oita.
A 6.3 earthquake can cause severe damage, according to the USGS.
(Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)