Strong Quake Hits Wakayama in Western Japan

Society

Tokyo, March 15 (Jiji Press)--A strong earthquake rocked Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, in the small hours of Monday, measuring lower 5, the fifth-highest level on the country's seismic intensity scale, in the town of Yuasa.

The quake occurred at around 12:25 a.m. (3:25 p.m. Sunday GMT) in the northern part of the prefecture at a depth of 4 kilometers, with an estimated magnitude of 4.6, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

It was followed by quakes measuring 3, the seventh-highest level on the Japanese scale, in Yuasa at around 12:59 a.m. and 11:37 a.m.

There have been no reports of injury, according to the prefectural government.

The agency called on residents in affected areas to remain alert for quakes of up to lower 5 on the Japanese scale over the next week or so.

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