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Japan:Earthquake hits Niigata, no tsunami alert

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Laaska News  June  2,2011

A medium-strength earthquake hit Niigata Prefecture north of Tokyo on Thursday morning. But no major damage has been reported and a nuclear power plant in the prefecture is unharmed.

The earthquake hit at 11:33 AM local time. Japan’s Meteorological Agency estimates the quake’s magnitude at 4.7, with its focus in the prefecture.

Tremors with an intensity of 5 plus on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7 were registered in Tokamachi City in the prefecture, and an intensity of 4 in Tsunan Town, also in Niigata.

Weaker tremors were felt in other parts of Niigata, the southern Tohoku region, the Kanto region and Nagano Prefecture. But no tsunami alerts were issued.

About 3 minutes after the quake, an aftershock with an estimated magnitude of 2.9 struck the region.

A series of aftershocks have occurred in wide areas including in Niigata following the March 11th quake in northeastern Japan.



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