5.9-magnitude quake strikes Japan

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck Japan’s southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki and other areas early Sunday, the weather agency here said, with no tsunami warnings issued.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the quake occurred at 12:02 am local time with its focus at a depth of about 30 kilometers off the Osumi Peninsula, registering lower 5 on Japan’s seismic intensity scale in the city of Nichinan.

The temblor measured 4 in the city of Miyazaki on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7 and some other parts of the prefecture and 3 in the nearby prefectures of Ehime, Saga, Kumamoto, Oita and Kagoshima, the JMA said.

The agency did not issue a tsunami warning as a result of the quake and there have been no immediate reports of accidents or injuries as a result of the quake.

No abnormalities were found at Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, the operator Kyushu Electric Power Co. said.