A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of the Japanese island of Honshu, USGS reports. TEPCO said it is checking the integrity of its crippled nuclear plant, as the epicenter was located relatively close to Fukushima Prefecture. The quake struck around 9:43pm GMT on Friday,

some 65 km east-northeast of the city of Sendai. The Japan Meteorological Agency measured the quake at the lower magnitude of 5.8. No tsunami warning was issued by the JMA. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also said that “a destructive pacific-wide tsunami is not expected.” READ MORE