Powerful Earthquake Shakes Western Japan

Powerful Earthquake Shakes Western Japan

A magnitude 6.6 quake hit Tottori prefecture in western Japan at 2:07pm - the strongest in the earthquake-prone country since April temblors killed more than 100, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The epicenter of the quake was in Tottori prefecture at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), the agency said.

In Kurayoshi City, the fire department reported receiving seven emergency calls for injuries.

Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said there had been no report of "major damages" so far.

Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) said that a woman had suffered burn injuries in Tottori City as a result of the quake, and a rescue helicopter had spotted a collapsed building in Yurihama.

Houses damaged by an natural disaster are seen in Kurayoshi, Tottori prefecture, Japan in this photo released by Kyoto on October 21, 2016. An aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 came about 20 minutes later.

The quake prompted train services in the west of the country to be suspended, broadcaster NHK reported. The quake also caused a blackout affecting some 40,000 households in Tottori prefecture.

NHK said switched-off nuclear reactors in the region were not affected. Okayama Airport located south of Tottori temporarily closed its runway.

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