Moderately Strong Earthquake Rattles Japan

31 May 2005 | 13:26 Code : 5150 Geoscience events
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A moderately strong earthquake shook southern Japan on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
A moderately strong earthquake shook southern Japan on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The magnitude-5.7 temblor struck at 11:04 a.m., and was centered near the coastal city of Hyuga, in Miyazaki prefecture (state), Japan's Meteorological Agency said. There was no danger of tsunami, potentially killer waves triggered by seismic activity, the agency said.

A Hyuga city police spokesman, who declined to be identified, said there were no reports of injuries or damage.

A magnitude-5 quake can damage homes and other buildings if it is centered in a heavily populated area.

Japan sits at the juncture of four tectonic plates -- or moving slabs of the earth's outer crust -- and is one of the world's most quake-prone regions.

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