Southern Japan earthquake hurts 13, no tsunami warning

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A collapsed residential gate caused by an earthquake is seen in this photo by Kyodo in Oita, southern Japan, January 22, 2022. Mandatory Credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck southwest Japan early Saturday morning, injuring 13 people, authorities and local media said.

After the 1:08 a.m. (Friday 1608 GMT) quake off the coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, shook an epicenter 45 km (30 miles) deep, no tsunami warning was issued, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

The quake caused tremors in Oita and Miyazaki prefectures that measured 5+ on Japan’s seismic intensity scale, which has a maximum of 7, the agency said.

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Thirteen people were injured in nearby regions, including two people in their 80s who were seriously injured, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, citing local authorities.

Multiple reports of damage to buildings, water pipes and roads have been confirmed, public broadcaster NHK said.

No abnormalities have been reported at the Ikata nuclear power plant operated by Shikoku Electric Power or the Sendai power plant operated by Kyushu Electric Power (9508.T) in southern Japan, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said.

“In the past, earthquakes of 10% to 20% magnitude were followed by an earthquake of the same magnitude. So watch out for another quake with an intensity scale of up to 5+ in regions that experienced large shaking for about a week,” the JMA said in a statement.

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Reporting by David Dolan and Kantaro Komiya; Edited by Catherine Evans and William Mallard

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