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6.2-quake hits western Japan, no tsunami threat

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit western Japan on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami risk. The quake, at a shallow depth of 10 km, struck shortly after 2:00 pm (0500 GMT) in Tottori prefecture. Initially, the USGS had pegged the quake’s magnitude at 6.6 before downgrading it.

Public broadcaster NHK quoted local officials as saying they had received reports that a house collapsed in the town of Yurihama, while fires broke out in another part of the prefecture, without giving details.

In Kurayoshi City, the fire department reported receiving seven emergency calls for injuries. Television images showed severe shaking in the region.

“We felt fairly strong jolts, which I think were the biggest in years, but we have not seen any damage or things falling,” Suminori Sakinada, a local government official, said.
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