Strong Quake Rocks Niigata, Nearby Areas in Japan; 21 Injured

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Tokyo, June 19 (Jiji Press)--A powerful earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.7 rocked the central Japan prefecture of Niigata and nearby areas on Tuesday night, leaving a total of 21 people injured.

No death from the quake has been reported.

The temblor, which occurred at around 10:22 p.m. (1:22 p.m. GMT), registered upper 6, the second highest level on Japan's seismic intensity scale, in the city of Murakami in the prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

A tsunami of 10 centimeters was observed in the city of Niigata, the capital of the prefecture, while small tsunamis were reported in locations including the island of Sado in the prefecture.

The agency issued tsunami advisories for Niigata Prefecture, the neighboring northeastern prefecture of Yamagata and the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan. They were lifted shortly past 1 a.m. Wednesday.

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