An earthquake in Japan has triggered a tsunami alert within the Pacific Ocean south of the island. The U.S. Geological Survey stated that a 7.4 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter 155 km off of the Bonin Islands struck at 2:20 a.m. at a depth of nearly 15 km. The quake has prompted Japanese meteorologists to issue an alert for a possible meter high tsunami. Local television broadcasts have warned citizen's living in coastal areas to seek safety and relocate to higher ground.
No casualties or damages have resulted from this latest earthquake. Approximately 2,500 residents have been affected by the quake and may possibly be affected by the tsunami. The Bonin Islands consist of 30 tropical or sub-tropical islands with only two islands populated by Japanese citizens.