5.1-magnitude quake hits Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture

TOKYO — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck off the Pacific coast of Miyagi Prefecture in the southern Tohoku region of Japan, the weather agency here said Friday.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor occurred at 6:32 a.m. local time, at a latitude of 38.9 degrees north and a longitude of 142.1 degrees east.

The offshore quake originated at a depth of 50 km., the JMA said.

The quake measured 4 on Japan’s seismic intensity scale, which peaks at 7 in parts of Miyagi Prefecture and registered 3 on the scale in neighboring Iwate Prefecture, according to the JMA.

The JMA, however, has not issued a tsunami warning as a result of the moderately powerful temblor.

There has been no report, as yet, by local officials, of injury or damage to persons or property as a result of the quake.

No abnormality has been reported at nuclear power plants in the region, including at the crippled Daiichi nuclear facility in nearby Fukushima Prefecture, in northeast Japan. Xinhua-northboundasia.com