TOKYO, Oct 6 (Asia Free Press): An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck northeastern Japan early Wednesday, local media said.
The strong earthquake has caused no major damages, however initially there people have been injured in small incidents, Kyodo News Agency reported.
The authorities also didn’t issue any threat of a tsunami immediately after the quake.
The quake occurred at 2:46 a.m., logging upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Hashikami, Aomori Prefecture, with the focus in the Pacific Ocean off Iwate Prefecture at a depth of about 56 kilometers, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
At the intensity level of upper 5, many people find it hard to move, and walking is difficult without holding onto something secured.
Following the earthquake, Tohoku Electric Power Co. said no abnormalities were found at its two nuclear power plants in Aomori and Miyagi prefectures, according to the agency.
The predawn quake prompted the central government to set up a liaison office at the prime minister’s office to gather information.
The weather agency initially reported a magnitude of 6.0, but later revised it downward to 5.9, while correcting the depth of the focus to 56 km from 50 km.