Powerful quake hits central Japan's Nagano Prefecture
Jiji -- Jun 25
A powerful earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.6 on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the central Japan prefecture of Nagano on Sunday morning, injuring several people.

The temblor, which struck around 7:02 a.m. (10:02 p.m. Saturday GMT), registered upper 5, the fourth-highest level on the 10-notch Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7, in the town of Kiso and the neighboring village of Otaki in the prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The quake, whose focus was located at a depth of 7 kilometers in the southern part of the inland prefecture, did not cause tsunami, the agency said.

Two more quakes, with their focuses in southern Nagano, occurred around 9:24 a.m. and 3:17 p.m., measuring 4 on the Japanese scale in municipalities including Kiso, the agency said.

According to an update from the Nagano prefectural government, a total of 20 buildings in areas including Kiso suffered partial damage, such as fallen roof tiles and broken windows.

25日、長野県南部を震源とする最大震度5強の地震があり、2人が軽いけがをしました。気象庁は、今後も強い揺れに注意を呼び掛けています。 25日朝の地震では、長野県の木曽町と王滝村で震度5強を観測しました。棚から落ちた物に当たるなどして女性2人が軽いけがをしました。

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