Strong Quake Jolts Japan's Miyazaki Pref.


Tokyo, May 10 (Jiji Press)--A strong earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.3 rocked Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Friday.

The quake, which hit around 8:48 a.m. (11:48 p.m. Thursday GMT), measured lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of zero to 7 in the cities of Miyazaki and Miyakonojo.

The Japan Meteorological Agency traced the focus of the quake to about 25 kilometers underground in the Hyuga-nada sea area off Miyazaki Prefecture. Some changes in tidal levels may be observed, but no tsunami damage is expected, it said.

Following the quake, about 150 households in the city of Ebino were affected by temporary electricity cuts.

No abnormality has been reported at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s <9508> Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, and Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s <9507> Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan.

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