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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocks western Japan, no tsunami threat

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck western Japan on Friday, toppling shelves and knocking out power to thousands of homes. The quake is considered to be the strongest in the

India TV News Desk, Tokyo [ Published on: October 21, 2016 13:46 IST ]
Debris fallen from damaged wall of a building scattered on
Debris fallen from damaged wall of a building scattered on rooftop in Kurayoshi

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck western Japan on Friday, toppling shelves and knocking out power to thousands of homes. 

The quake is considered to be the strongest in the earthquake-prone country since April temblors killed more than 100, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The Agency said the quake occurred in Tottori, a prefecture on the Sea of Japan about 700 kilometers (430 miles) west of Tokyo. The epicenter was at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

Agency,however, has said that the quake does not pose any Tsunami threat. 

Television footage showed scattered damage: roof tiles knocked loose, wall fragments from a sake brewery fallen to the ground, and wine bottles and food items scattered on a store floor. Japan's public broadcaster NHK said a woman cooking in a restaurant was taken to a hospital after she was splashed with oil.

"It shook quite violently and file cabinets fell down, but luckily nobody was injured in this office," Koji Nakahara, a town hall official in coastal Hokuei, told NHK by telephone.

The earthquake caused temporary blackouts at about 32,000 homes, according to Chubu Electric Power Co., a regional utility.

The meteorological agency said there was no danger of a tsunami from the inland temblor.

AP inputs

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