Strong earthquake shakes up western Japan


An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit western Japan on Sunday evening, triggering warnings of tsunami in several areas, the Meteorological Agency said.

The 7:07 p.m. quake measured lower 5 on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 in the village of Shimokitayama, Nara Prefecture, and in Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture. It registered 4 in several locations in Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Nara and Wakayama prefectures, according to the agency.

The tsunami warnings were issued for the Izu and Ogasawara islands as well as Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie, Wakayama, Tokushima and Kochi prefectures. There were no immediate reports of damage caused by tsunami.

In Kyoto, an 89-year-old woman suffered a slight injury when she fell down during the quake. Also in Kyoto, a 94-year-old man was slightly injured after a clock fell on his left hand, firefighters said.

In Wakayama Prefecture, a moving car was hit by falling rock. No one was injured, according to local police.

Bullet train services on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line came to a temporary halt between Shin-Osaka and Nishi-Akashi stations.

The Nankai and Hankyu railway companies also temporarily suspended train runs in the Osaka region.

The focus of the quake was in the seabed off the Kii Peninsula.

The quake was felt in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture as well as in Kagoshima Prefecture.