Strong Quake Jolts Northeastern Japan


Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--A powerful earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.4, struck northeastern Japan areas, including Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, on Sunday evening.

The quake, which occurred around 7:23 p.m. (10:23 a.m. GMT), registered lower 5, the fifth-highest level on the Japanese seismic intensity scale, in the city of Ishinomaki and the town of Watari, both in Miyagi, and the town of Futaba in Fukushima, south of Miyagi, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The temblor is believed to have happened at a depth of some 45 kilometers off Fukushima, the agency said. No tsunami is expected from the earthquake, it said.

According to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501>, no problems have been found with reactor-cooling devices or other equipment at its Fukushima No. 1 and Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power stations in Fukushima.

"Judging from the location where it occurred, the temblor was likely an aftershock of the March 2011 earthquake," Masaki Nakamura, director of the agency's Earthquake and Tsunami Observation Division, said at a press conference.

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