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M6.0 quake jolts Shizuoka, vicinity

2011-03-15 14:32:46 GMT2011-03-15 22:32:46(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 jolted Shizuoka Prefecture and its vicinity, including Tokyo, on Tuesday evening.

The 10:31 p.m. quake registered upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in the eastern part of Shizuoka in central Japan, and upper 5 in the eastern part of neighboring Yamanashi Prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

No tsunami warning was issued and no major damage to the Hamaoka nuclear plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, or to Shizuoka airport was reported, according to Chubu Electric Power Co. and local police.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said its power stations are continuing to operate following the quake.

At the city hall in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, sections of the ceilings on the first and second floors fell, but no one was injured, according to the municipal government, while a blackout occurred in Fujinomiya in the prefecture, local police said.


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