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M4.6 quake jolts eastern Japan, no casualties.

TOKYO, May 31 Kyodo


An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 4.6 jolted eastern Japan on Thursday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the 8:59 a.m. quake and no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake registered 4 on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 in the town of Fujioka, Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, and 3 in Mito and Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.

It also registered 3 in Imaichi and Tochigi in Tochigi Prefecture, in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, in the village of Miyagi and town of Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, and in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, the agency said.

Among areas where the quake registered 2 were the town of Tanagura in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Nikko and Utsunomiya in Tochigi Prefecture, Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, and Edogawa Ward in Tokyo, the agency said.

The focus of the quake was about 50 kilometers underground in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture, it said.
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Date:Jun 4, 2001
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