5.6-magnitude quake hits central Japan

Tokyo, Japan  –  A tremor with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 rocked Nagano prefecture, central Japan at 7:02 a.m. local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Sunday.

The temblor occurred with the epicenter at a latitude of 35.9 degrees north and a longitude of 137.6 degrees east.

The quake logged upper 5 in some parts of Nagano prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7.

As of posting, there has been no reports of destruction or casualties caused by the earthquake. The quake was felt in 29 Japanese prefectures including in the capital of Tokyo.

Japan is a seismically active region. In March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake triggered a 46-foot tsunami that hit Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, leading to the leakage of radioactive materials and the shutdown of the plant. The accident is considered to be the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

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