A 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit central Japan on Sunday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicenter of the tremor was 6km east of Noda and at a depth of 45km. The local media reported that the quake struck at 7.54am (local time) in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth of 40km.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake struck the Kanto region, but there was no tsunami alert. Tremors were felt in Tokyo, the capital of Japan.

However, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.