Southern Japan quake breaks roads and buildings, NHK reports

Southern Japan quake breaks roads and buildings, NHK reports

The quake struck at 1:08am off Japan’s southern coast at a depth of 45 kilometers (28 miles), but there were no signs that it would trigger a a tsunami, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The quake’s magnitude was revised up from a preliminary measurement of 6.4.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck off the coast of Japan’s southern island of Kyushu early Saturday, harming roads and buildings, national broadcaster NHK revealed. Minor wounds were accounted for in five prefectures close to the earthquake’s focal point, as per the broadcaster. A few roads in southern Oita and Miyazaki were shut early Saturday after being harmed by rockfalls, fell trees and burst water pipes, NHK said. The areas experienced shaking of 5+ on Japan’s intensity scale during the quake.

In a statement released overnight, the agency warned there’s a heightened risk of falling rocks and landslides in the areas that witnessed strong shaking. It also urged residents to be prepared for the possibility that an earthquake with a maximum seismic intensity of 5 or higher on Japan’s scale will occur in the next few days.

Some areas near the epicenter of the quake lost power overnight, but the nearby Sendai and Genkai nuclear power stations are operating normally, according to Kyushu Electric Power. Train operator JR Kyushu suspended some lines in the Oita and Miyazaki areas Saturday.

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