Strong Quake Hits Eastern, Northeastern Japan


Tokyo, May 22 (Jiji Press)--A strong earthquake rocked eastern and northeastern Japan on Sunday, measuring lower 5, the fifth-highest level on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7, in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The quake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 occurred around 12:24 p.m. (3:24 a.m. GMT) at a depth of about 5 kilometers off Ibaraki Prefecture, Fukushima's southern neighbor.

In the city of Koriyama and the town of Naraha, both in Fukushima Prefecture, the earthquake registered 4 on the seismic intensity scale.

There was no tsunami from the temblor, the agency said.

The agency warned of a quake of up to lower 5 in the coming week or so in areas that experienced strong shaking in Sunday's earthquake.

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