Earthquake News

13 injured after earthquake in southern Japan; no tsunami warning


On January 22, an earthquake-related collapsed gate to a residential building was visible in Oita, southern Japan. The Reuters
13 people were hurt after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake rattled southwest Japan early on Saturday morning, according to the authorities and local media.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which had a depth of 45 kilometers, was 45 kilometers off the coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). No tsunami warning was issued as a result.

According to the agency, the quake generated shaking in the prefectures of Oita and Miyazaki that registered five or higher on the seismic intensity scale of Japan, which has a maximum of seven.

According to the Yomiuri newspaper, which cited regional authorities, 13 people were hurt in the surrounding areas, including two elderly persons who suffered critical injuries.

Public broadcaster NHK said that numerous reports of damage to buildings, water pipes, and roadways had been verified.

No irregularities were observed at the Ikata nuclear power station, operated by Shikoku Electric Power, or the Sendai facility operated by Kyushu Electric Power in southern Japan, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said.

Be aware of another earthquake of up to five+ intensity scale in locations that had major jolts for about a week, the JMA warned. "In the past, 10% to 20% of powerful earthquakes were followed by a quake of the same magnitude," the JMA said in a statement.

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