5.3-magnitude quake strikes Japan's Chiba Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued

TOKYO, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck Japan's Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo on the Honshu island on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

The temblor occurred at 9:46 p.m. local time, with its epicenter at a latitude of 35.9 degrees north and a longitude of 140.5 degrees east, and at a depth of 50 km.

The quake logged 3 in some parts of Chiba Prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7.

So far no tsunami warning has been issued.