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Thirteen injured in southern Japan earthquake

A collapsed gate to the residential house caused by an earthquake is seen in Oita, southern Japan January 22, 2022, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

According to authorities and local media, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday morning, wounding 13 people.

The news: The earthquake struck at 1:08 a.m. (1608 GMT) off the coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, with an epicentre 45 kilometres (30 miles) deep, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

  • The quake triggered shaking in the prefectures of Oita and Miyazaki that measured 5+ on Japan’s seismic intensity scale, which has a maximum of 7.
  • According to the Yomiuri newspaper, which cited local authorities, 13 people were injured in adjacent districts, including two persons in their 80s who were gravely hurt.
  • The public broadcaster NHK confirmed multiple reports of damage to buildings, water pipes, and roadways.
  • According to the Nuclear Regulation Authority, no irregularities were detected at Shikoku Electric Power’s Ikata nuclear power station or Kyushu Electric Power’s Sendai plant in southern Japan.

What they’re saying: In a statement the JMA said, “In the past, 10 per cent to 20 per cent of strong earthquakes were followed by a quake of the same level, so be aware of another quake of up to 5+ intensity scale in regions that experienced large jolts, for around a week.”

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