Strong Quake Jolts Japan's Kumamoto Pref.

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Tokyo, Jan. 3 (Jiji Press)--A strong earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.0 rocked Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Thursday.

The quake, which occurred at around 6:10 p.m. (10:10 a.m. GMT), measured lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of zero to 7 in the town of Nagomi, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. It registered lower 5 in the prefectural capital of Kumamoto and the town of Gyokuto.

The agency traced the focus of the quake to about 10 kilometers underground.

There is no possibility of tsunami being triggered by the quake, it said.

Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508> said no abnormality has been found at the Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture and the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.

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