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5.3 Magnitude Quake Jolts Japan

Edited By: Rini Sharma

Press Trust of India

Last Updated: November 21, 2016, 08:48 IST

Local residents Chris and Viv Young look at damage caused by an earthquake along State Highway One near the town of Ward, south of Blenheim on New Zealand's South Island (REUTERS)

Local residents Chris and Viv Young look at damage caused by an earthquake along State Highway One near the town of Ward, south of Blenheim on New Zealand's South Island (REUTERS)

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck Japan's Ibaraki prefecture on Monday, the weather agency said.

Tokyo: An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck Japan's Ibaraki prefecture on Monday, the weather agency said.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the temblor struck at 6.59 a.m., and registered 3 on Japan's seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7, Xinhua news agency reported.

The epicentre was located at a latitude of 35.9 degrees north and a longitude of 141.0 degrees east, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The agency also said the quake struck at a depth of 10 km on Japan's eastern seaboard.

The agency has not issued a tsunami warning or advisory based on this moderately powerful, coastal quake.

first published:November 21, 2016, 08:48 IST
last updated:November 21, 2016, 08:48 IST