Strong quake hits Akita Prefecture
NHK -- Sep 09
strong earthquake has struck Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. Japan's Meteorological Agency says a quake with an estimated magnitude of 5.2 occurred around 10:23 PM Japan Time on Friday. It says there is no risk of a tsunami.

Officials say the quake was focused in southern Akita Prefecture, 9 kilometers below the ground's surface.

Tremors with an intensity level of 5-plus on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7 were recorded in Daisen City in Akita Prefecture. The intensity level of 4 was observed in Senboku City in the same prefecture.

Meanwhile, intensity levels ranging from 1 to 3 were recorded across the Tohoku region, Hokkaido in the north,and in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast.

Local authorities say so far there are no reports of major damage in Akita Prefecture.

8日午後10時すぎ、秋田県で震度5強の地震がありました。この地震による津波の心配はありません。 午後10時23分、秋田県で最大震度5強の地震がありました。気象庁によりますと、震源地は秋田県内陸南部で震源の深さは10キロ、地震の規模を示すマグニチュードは5.3と推定されます。
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