Moderate quake hits northern Japan

2017-09-08 18:34
Residents gather for shelter in front of the town hall following an earthquake at Mashiki town in Kumamoto prefecture. (Jiji Press, AFP)

Residents gather for shelter in front of the town hall following an earthquake at Mashiki town in Kumamoto prefecture. (Jiji Press, AFP)

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Tokyo - A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan Friday night but there was no tsunami warning, Japanese authorities said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 km in Akita prefecture at 22:23 (13:23 GMT), Japan's meteorological agency said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, according to public broadcaster NHK. The Japan Meteorological Agency did not issue a tsunami warning.

No abnormality was reported at nuclear power facilities in the region, NHK said.

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year. But rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage.

A massive undersea quake that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, leaving more than 18 000 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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